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Belly Landing at Danbury Airport Shows Need for Air Traffic Control Towers

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The Piper Arrow II that landed without landing gear at Danbury Airport June 15. (Photo provided by Mike Safranick)

The Piper Arrow II that landed without landing gear at Danbury Airport June 15. (Photo provided by Mike Safranick)

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Danbury Airport officials say this is a prime example of the importance of air traffic control towers at smaller airports.

A small plane,  a Piper Arrow II, landed without landing gear, prompting an emergency response to the main runway at around 10 Saturday morning.

The pilot was the only one on board and he was not hurt.

Airport Operations Manager Mike Safranick says if the tower wasn’t open, it could have been catastrophic, because there were at least two planes on the ground and three others in the air trying to land. The air traffic controllers were able to direct them to a safe landing on the second runway.

Safranick says Danbury airport is the second-busiest airport in Connecticut this year, with about 70,000 operations a year.

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