updated 8/26/2005 12:39:45 PM ET 2005-08-26T16:39:45

An intern flight instructor and his teacher got an unpleasant surprise when they touched down for a landing.

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The twin-engine plane scraped to a halt on its belly Wednesday after the two forgot to put down the aircraft’s landing gear, said Fire Chief Carl Johnson.

Nobody was hurt, Johnson said. “They didn’t know they had a problem until they touched down,” he said.

The Georgia Aviation Technical College plane suffered only minor damage.

Johnny Payne, public affairs director with the college, credited the intern’s quick thinking when he noticed the landing gear was still up, saying the pilot kept the plane level and did not panic.

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