World War II-era plane makes emergency landing in Bellingham

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A fighter plane from the World War II-era flying over Whatcom County for Veterans Day safely made an emergency landing at Bellingham International Airport after smoke filled the cockpit.

The P-51 Mustang was doing flyover as part of an event at the Heritage Flight Museum and was preparing to land when a resistor in the cockpit overheated, says Greg Anders, the pilot and the museum's executive director.

Anders tells The Bellingham Herald that smoke started coming from the resistor cover so he shut down the electrical system and made the emergency landing. Aside from the burned cover, the plane had no damage.

Anders says the plane will remain grounded until it's determined what caused the resistor to overheat.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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