By KIREN THANDI
HERE'S a good yarn with a happy ending.
Coffs Harbour Aviation College's Chief Flying Instructor Robert Loretan and a student were bringing in a small plane to land on Thursday afternoon when a mechanism on the nose gear malfunctioned ? meaning the front wheel wouldn't come down.
With two hours of fuel in the tank, they radioed across the country seeking advice from others, but as nothing worked, an emergency was declared and the crew prepared for a crash.
Waiting for other airport transport to be moved out of the way, they then descended on the runway.
Minimal damage occured to the plane, with only one of the propellers being damaged, and nobody was harmed.
A big thank you from Robert and his team to the tower, rescue service, police, the council, maintenance and everyone else involved.