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Belly landing

Belly landing

April 20, 1971: A new Hawk Aero Commander rests on fuselage after making a safe landing at Los Angeles International Airport.

Before the landing, the LAX runway was sprayed with fire retardant. The belly landing was made necessary when a wheel fell off after takeoff from Palomar Airport near Carlsbad. Pilot William Hand of Wilmington, Del., and passenger Dick Grisby were unhurt. The runway was closed for two hours.

This photo by staff photographer George Fry appeared in the April 21, 1971, Los Angeles Times.

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