Emergency Landing at Winston-Salem Airport, 1971

From the May-June 1971 issue of Hose & Nozzle magazine.

Piedmont Airlines prop plane made an emergency landing at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. Jammed landing gear forced a belly landing.

Runway foaming was started, but stopped when the pilot reported that the plane had only a few more minutes of fuel. It had circled the airport for about 30 minutes before landing.

City and county fire apparatus, along with rescue squads and ambulances were on scene.

No fire was reported. A dozen passengers and crew were aboard. The flight originated in Knoxville and was headed to Washington. It was diverted to Winston-Salem when the pilot learned that the landing gear would not extend.

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