Video: Pilot, 82, Suffers Only Bruised Ego in Hard Landing at Local Airport

Retired Navy Cmdr. Bob Lindsay of Coronado says he forgot a crucial step before set down.

Bob Lindsay is a former Navy pilot. Flown for more than 50 years. So when approached about his hard landing of an experimental plane Wednesday at the Ramona Airport, he didn't mince words.

"I forgot to put the [landing] gear down. Simple as that," said Lindsay, 82.

Lindsay, a Coronado resident, walked away unscathed from the landing, which drew emergency vehicles just before noon.

He said he's been flying the small plane for a dozen years and was practicing at the airport when he landed on its belly at 50 mph or perhaps slower.

Despite his lack of injuries, he was quick to praise the Ramona Airport and Cruiseair manager who rushed to his aid, likening the airport to a small community of helpful neighbors.

His bigger concern was how to get his crippled craft back to its normal home, Gillespie Field in El Cajon.

Chris Jennewein April 19, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Glad to hear he is OK after this crash landing. I hope the plane can be repaired easily.
Harmony April 19, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Time for this old bird to fold wings~ And, probably best the pilot do the same b4 he hurts others or himself. Wise pilots know when they've pulled enough G's.
John Hutchinson April 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Probably a 'Fixed Gear Flashback' or 'Check List Fatigue'....and from Flight School 101..."There are old pilots & there are bold pilots..BUT there are no old bold pilots!" good to hear Lindsay is physically OK but ego is on life support
John Hutchinson April 19, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Sounds like a "Fixed Gear Flashback" or "Check List Fatigue"....notwithstanding good to hear Bob is physically OK but ego is on life support


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