Private plane makes emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

A scary moment at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport as a private plane made an emergency landing overnight.

Five individuals are unharmed after a small private plane had to make an emergency landing at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Sunday night.

Deputy Fire Chief Kermit Watson and the Combat Readiness Training Center Fire Department were on scene for the landing. “It came in on approach and unfortunately it didn’t have landing gear. It did what we call a belly flop and it landed on the belly of the air frame and slid to a halt and we went into action making sure all the passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft. We also had a little fire situation with one of the engines. We had to mitigate that situation.”

Foam was used because jet fuel was pouring from the plane after it landed. Fire Chief Demetrius Baldwin says the crew’s performance in a frightening situation is a testament to the leadership and training in the field. “Outstanding job for the fire department. The young guys on that shift- i like to call them affectionately the young guns, because they are an extremely young crew but they were absolutely professional. Everybody on board said so.”

The plane was originally scheduled to land at Stennis, but was diverted to Gulfport-Biloxi because the commercial airport was better equipped to handle a possible crash landing, but both Deputy Chief Watson and Chief Baldwin say the pilot is the reason everyone on board was unharmed. “The pilot is the true hero of that story, because it could have been a lot worse, but because of his experience that aircraft came to the best expected outcome for that situation and everybody walked away from it.”

The FAA will investigate the landing.

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