A Galaxy Airlines Lockheed Electra, loaded with chemicals and auto parts, crash-landed safely at Dobbins Air Force Base near Marietta, Ga., yesterday, 11 days after another Galaxy Electra crashed in Reno, Nev., killing 69 people.
The plane had been inspected last weekend by the Federal Aviation Administration at the request of Galaxy officials, FAA spokesman Ed Pinto said. Before the Reno crash, Galaxy had three Electras -- two for cargo and one for charter passenger flights.
The landing yesterday came on a runway covered with foam after the Electra circled for an hour to burn off excess fuel. The emergency arose when the right main landing gear would not extend, according to National Transportation Safety Board officials.
The plane landed with its nose gear and left main gear extended, FAA officials said. The pilot kept the right wing up for several seconds after landing to reduce speed. Then the plane skidded to the right and came to a halt.
"It was absolutely a fantastic job. The key is to keep the wing off the ground and that is exactly what he did," Air Force Maj. Roland Reed told United Press International.
There was no fire and the three crew members -- the only people on board -- disembarked without injury. There was damage to the propellers on the two right-wing engines and to the wing.
The cargo, which officials said remained intact, included fluoromethene and xylene, safety board officials said. The board and the FAA sent investigating teams; the FAA team included hazardous-materials specialists.
One survivor of the Reno crash, George Lamson Sr., 41, was pronounced dead yesterday shortly before surgery to remove his kidneys at his family's request. Lamson's son, George Jr., 17, also survived the crash and is hospitalized in good condition.