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2 unhurt in emergency landing at Air Force base

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – An Air Force instructor and trainee skidded to a landing on the belly of their jet after its malfunctioning landing gear wouldn’t deploy.

The Air Force says neither was hurt during the landing of the T-6A Texan ll at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Public Affairs Officer Sonic Johnson says the incident occurred at 4:28 p.m. Monday while student pilots were practicing aerobatics maneuvers, takeoffs and landings. Johnson says the accident is currently under investigation.

Johnson says the training jet was damaged.

The base has 100 of that type of jet for first-year student pilots. The single-engine, two-seat aircraft is the primary trainer used by the Air Force and the U.S. Navy.

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