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Pilot who crashed-landed performed similar emergency landing 4 years ago

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The pilot who crash-landed at Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport Monday afternoon had performed the same type of emergency maneuver four years ago in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to federal records.

Federal Aviation Administration records show Jerone Buffington landed the same Piper PA-24-250 aircraft on its belly on August 22, 2009 at Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.

Buffington had taken the plane up for a 20 minute check flight to test newly installed radios. He was unable to extend the landing gear on approach and brought the plane down on its belly.

Buffington was likely replaying that moment in his head when he realized he would have to land the plane in the same fashion Monday afternoon in Columbia.

He circled the county-owned airport in the Rosewood neighborhood for about an hour after alerting authorities that his landing gear would not extend. After several low passes over the runway, Buffington brought the plane down smoothly on its belly. He was not hurt.

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