As with most everything involving politicians, you have to watch out for the spin. Such is the case with the story of Republican congressional candidate Jim Postma's crash landing at Spanaway Airport Monday night, in which his twin-engine Beechcraft came to a skidding, burning halt in a field after experiencing "trouble" with the landing gear and touching down belly first on the runway.
First noted by KOMO, the "trouble" Postma experienced with his landing gear isn't fully explained until the third paragraph.
At roughly 7 p.m., [Postma] put his landing gear down and was about to touch down when he aborted the attempt and raised the gear. During his second landing attempt, Postma said he forgot to lower the landing gear and touched down hard on the runway.
While no doubt slightly embarrassing, the good news is the 78-year-old Postma and his wife Fran (the only people aboard the small plane) were able to climb out uninjured. The plane was destroyed, though Postma, a U.S. Air Force veteran, tells KOMO he believes its engines may be salvageable.
Postma is challenging Rep. Adam Smith in the 9th Congressional District, which includes parts of Thurston, Pierce and King Counties, and runs from Olympia to Renton.