Kobe Airport closes runway after small plane makes belly-landing

Kobe Airport in western Japan has closed its runway after a small airplane made a belly-landing during a training flight on Friday.

Police say no injuries and no fire have been reported.

Officials at the Hirata Gakuen aviation school in Kobe City, which operates the aircraft, say that a pilot in his 60s and two trainees in their 20s were on board the plane when it belly-landed at around 2:30 p.m.

The officials say the aircraft was conducting a touch-and-go landing, but it landed without its wheels being extended. They say no abnormality was found with the aircraft in pre-flight checks.

The officials have deeply apologized for causing trouble to airline companies and others, as well as for affecting the operation of regular flights.

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, 34 flights that were scheduled to take off and land at Kobe Airport had been cancelled.