Pilot, Instructor Escape Injury in Va. Crash

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Virginia State Police say neither the instructor nor the student who was at the controls was injured when their two-seat aircraft was forced to make a “belly” landing in Charlottesville.

The rough landing occurred shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday at Charlottesville-Albemarle County Regional Airport. The student was attempted to land the 1961 Piper Commanche when it made came down hard on the runway, causing its landing gear to retract.

The plane then skidded to a stop on its belly.

The pilot was identified as Robert Camp of Raleigh, N.C. He was en-route to the airport from Winchester. The student pilot was not identified by state police.

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