LYNCHBURG, Va. — A close call for a student pilot over the weekend.
Federal investigators are looking into what caused a Liberty University student to make a crash landing at the Roanoke airport Friday night. The pilot was part of LU's School of Aeronautics.
The student was on a routine training flight to Roanoke. As he approached the runway at Woodrum Field, the pilot realized the plane's landing gear wasn't working.
After consulting with air traffic controllers and an instructor on-board, the pilot safely made a nose-first landing.
"We feel like our guys did a great job following what they've been taught," says James Mashburn, Director of Flight Operations for LU's School of Aeronautics. Mashburn was in Lynchburg Friday night, communicating with the flight crew.
The emergency that happened Friday is one of many scenarios LU preps its student pilots to handle.
"We constantly prepare our students and our flight instructors so that they are ready and able to handle any situation that may arise," says Dave Young, Dean of LU's School of Aeronautics.