Lewiston pilot lands plane safely after landing gear fails

A Lewiston pilot was able to land safely Thursday morning after his plane’s landing gear failed to deploy.

Authorities say Stephen Berry was flying his Piper Comanche 180 at about 10:40 a.m. when the plane’s instruments indicated the landing gear wasn’t working properly.

Berry circled the Lewiston airport for nearly an hour as he tried to manually lower the wheels. Running low on fuel, Berry brought the plane down on its belly, and it slid some 50 feet along the runway before coming to a stop.

Berry walked away from the incident unharmed.

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