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United States : All OK after plane makes gear-up landing at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport.

A small plane from Michigan touched down without landing gear in Sheboygan County today, but the four people on board escaped without injuries. Most even made it to their planned round of golf.

The 1979 Cherokee Lance carrying four people from Romeo, Mich., hit Sheboygan County Memorial Airport with a thud and a screech about 7:20 a.m., but reports are mixed as to the reason for the failure.

Capt. Dave Adams of the Sheboygan County Sheriff s Department said the pilot, 25-year-old David Booth, told a deputy that the plane experienced electrical problems that started during the trip over Lake Michigan. But Airport Manager Chuck Mayer said an airport employee was told the pilot simply forgot to lower the landing gear.

Mayer said the final determination on cause is made by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident.

The plane was badly damaged, and the airport s main runway was shut down for about an hour so a wrecker could lift the plane enough for its landing gear to be deployed, Mayer said.

Mayer said the three passengers Carl Bevins, Daniel Taylor and Adam Laura still made it to Whistling Straits for the round of golf that inspired the flight.

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Date:Jul 27, 2010
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