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Emergency landing for 91-year-old pilot in St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Some tense moments at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg as emergency crews prepared for an emergency landing.

Shortly before noon Wednesday, 91-year-old Henry Van-Kesteren was flying his twin turbo prop plane about 10 miles from the airport when he called the tower to say his landing gear wasn't working correctly.

He spoke to a mechanic on the ground, but was unable to correct it in the air.

As several fire engines awaited on the ground, Van-Kesteren came in for a landing on the runway at the small airport. He landed fairly smoothly, and skidded on the plane's belly until it came to a stop.

Van-Kesteren was not injured. He was able to climb out of the plane on his own.

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