Twin engine plane missing a wheel lands safely at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Posted at 7:59 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-28 23:11:26-04

A twin-engine plane bound from Belize to Tampa and missing a wheel made an emergency landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport Friday, officials said. 

Four people were on board at the time. No injuries were reported.

Officials at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport received a call from the tower shortly before 5 p.m. Friday that a small aircraft needed to make an emergency landing, according to Mark Stuckey, senior VP and COO at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

The pilot circled the airport to burn off fuel then landed the plane on runway one-four about an hour later.

The aircraft skidded off the runway onto the grass. The four people on board the plane walked away, so it appeared no one suffered injuries, Stuckey said.

When the plane took off in Belize, one of its wheel was found there. Tampa air traffic officials were alerted then contacted the pilot on the plane.

The plane's tag number is N4WG. It was identified as a fixed wing multi-engine aircraft model 1124 manufactured by Israel Aircraft Industries.