No Jobless Pay For Co-Pilot Who Didn't Lower Gear

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A co-pilot who didn't lower a plane's landing gear has lost his appeal for Iowa unemployment benefits.

The Des Moines Register says 49-year-old Donald Scarsella was co-pilot on a SeaPort Airlines plane Feb. 14 as it attempted to land at Salina Regional Airport in Kansas. Records say Scarsella and the pilot didn't lower the gear, so the plane crash-landed on its belly. The two weren't injured, and there were no passengers aboard.

The airline soon fired both. Scarsella filed for unemployment in Iowa. His Iowa connection is unclear, and officials didn't return calls from The Associated Press.

The Iowa benefits were granted, but SeaPort appealed.

Last week the Iowa Employment Appeal Board denied the benefits, saying Scarsella disregarded steps required to safely fly an airplane.

Scarsella declined to comment.

Posted by Greg Palmer