THE pilot who carried out an “amazing” crash landing at Bournemouth calmly told the Echo: “There was no danger at all.”

Peter Turner, 65, brought down the executive jet in a controlled landing after its front wheel would not extend.

Fire engines and ambulances were put on standby at the runway, but after the twin-engined Cessna Citation finished scraping along the runway, all three people on board emerged unhurt.

Victoria deCandole from Bournemouth Flying Club said: “The skill of the pilot was amazing. There aren’t so many people that could have done such a good job,” she added.

Mr Turner said: “I have 50 years experience but I have never made a landing like that.

“We circled for about an hour trying all sorts of ways getting the wheel down.

“I just landed normally at 97 knots (105mph) and lowered the nose and concentrated on keeping it totally under control.

“There was a scraping noise but we were focused on carrying out checks.

“The weather could not have been better – it was clear and the wind was blowing straight down the runway, so there was no cross wind.”

Mr Turner, whose son James was co-piloting, said the plane would be out of action for about a month and it was not yet known what caused the wheel to jam.

He added: “Bournemouth Airport, Air Traffic Control and the emergency services were all excellent.”

The plane landed around 5.55pm on Monday and a Ryanair flight diverted to Bristol.

The 12-year-old Cessna, which has room for seven passengers, has been towed away to a maintenance site. Mr Turner flies for Executive Aviation, based in Gloucestershire. He was bringing the Cessna down for routine maintenance with Bournemouth-based CSE Citation Centre.

The plane is owned by aviation businessman Stephen Bond, who jointly sold Bold Aviation for £300million in 2011, but he was not involved. The incident has been referred to the Air Accident Investigation Branch, which is normal practice.