The couple were flying their single-engine propeller plane to Wisconsin from Wyoming on Friday night. The plane suffered a full electrical-system failure after which airspeed and altitude were the only instruments available.
The couple was not able to alert traffic controllers that they were entering Rapid City airspace and, without landing gear, the pilot landed the plane on its belly on a less-used runway. The plane skidded to a stop and officials say sparks were shooting from the bottom of the fuselage.
"He had to be a super good pilot," said Department Battalion Chief Tim Daly.
Officials have yet to investigate the incident and it will likely be awhile before the plane can fly again.
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