SeaPort fires pilots after faulty landing in Salina

Published On: Feb 19 2014 03:47:47 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 19 2014 06:33:09 PM CST
SALINA, Kan. -

The pilot and co-pilot of a SeaPort Airlines plane that landed Friday at Salina Regional Airport without the landing gear being deployed have been fired, the Salina Journal is reporting.

It was determined that the incident was due to pilot error, said Rob McKinney, president and CEO of the airline. The pilots’ names were not released.

The Portland, Ore., airline, a federally subsidized commercial air carrier serving Salina, announced the firings Wednesday.

Only the pilot and co-pilot were on board when the nine-seat Pilatus PC-12 landed on its belly.

"We concluded that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the aircraft, and it was pilot error," McKinney told the Journal. "There were multiple procedures that weren’t followed that resulted in the plane landing gear-up."

SeaPort has yet to learn the results of a Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the belly landing, McKinney said.