Plane makes emergency landing at Tyler Pounds

An east Texas pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Tyler Pounds Regional airport.

The pilot, Mitchell Engle of Mt. Vernon, was the only one onboard. He was in Tyler getting the navigation system repaired. During take off, he began experiencing some problems with the landing gear. The plane ended up belly down on the runway.

"He was very pleased with the immediate response of our emergency crews, and he did see some smoke from the aircraft and wanted to get away from the aircraft as quickly as possible, and he was able to do so and emergency crews were right on scene," said Davis Dickson, the airport manager.

The pilot is also the plane's owner, and he was not injured. The airport manager says flights are still on schedule, and the FAA is now investigating the incident.

Layron Livingston, reporting.