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Cessna plane crash lands safely in Victoria

By Jessica Priest
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2014 at 2:15 a.m.

A Cessna crashed landed at Victoria Regional Airport on Monday afternoon after the pilot had trouble with the plane's landing gear.

A plane crash landed Monday afternoon at the Victoria Regional Airport.

Officials knew about 12:55 p.m. that the pilot, Stanly Heckrodt, of Victoria, was struggling to put down the landing gear at the nose of his 1980 Cessna T210N, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

At 1:14 p.m., the situation was declared an emergency, and city and county firefighters responded to the scene at 609 Foster Field Drive.

Heckrodt initially left Victoria and was bound for Corpus Christi but came back to the Victoria Regional Airport when he realized the problem, Pray said.

There, Heckrodt circled for about 10 or 15 minutes to burn off fuel before crash landing at the 13 right runway, Pray said.

Heckrodt, whose age was not available, was not injured.

There was no one else in the plane.

"He knew he was going to have to crash land," Pray said. "He did a real good job."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Last year, there were two emergency crash landings at the Victoria Regional Airport.

This was the first emergency crash landing this year, Pray said.

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