RNZAF T-6C Texan II made a belly landing after landing gear malfunction. A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Beechcraft T-6C Texan II sustained a technical failure mid-air during night training then made a belly landing after a malfunction of the landing gear.
“The two RNZAF personnel on board responded as trained to do, landed safely and evacuated the aircraft with no injuries,” a Defence Force said.
Defense Force has launched an investigation. The aircraft was conducting night-flying training on Tuesday when it ran into trouble, the Royal New Zealand Air Force said.
The T-6C Texan II later touched down safely, landing on its belly with its wheels up, thanks to a fault with the landing gear.
RNZAF Rescue fire responders and local emergency services were at the scene.
The Texan remained on the runway overnight, and for most of Wednesday.
The spokesman said the aircraft was being removed late in the afternoon and an investigation into the cause of the incident was underway.
Ōhakea Base is near the town of Bulls, 25 kilometers from Palmerston North, in Manawatū.