Definition of belly landing in English:

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belly landing

Pronunciation: /ˈbelē ˌlandiNG/


A crash-landing of an aircraft on the underside of the fuselage, without lowering the undercarriage.
Example sentences
  • The pilot executed a safe belly landing and the aircraft was simply abandoned - remaining in a remarkable state of preservation until salvaged by the Russians.
  • Among these problems was an embarrassing belly landing when the pilots simply forgot to lower the landing gear!
  • The aircraft, N940AK, had been badly damaged in a belly landing on 5 November 1995 in New York and to date the company has received the wings for the plane.
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