UPDATE: A STUDENT has safely landed his damaged aircraft at Mangalore airport north of Melbourne.
The aircraft, missing its back right-hand wheel, landed at Mangalore Airport about 1.20pm, the Herald Sun reports.
Fire crews foamed the runway, but the Piper Warrior veered off to the left soon after touching down.
The plane lurched, then came to a sudden stop.
A Victoria Police spokeswoman told Weekly Times Now authorities were notified the plane, believed to be a Piper Warrior, needed to make an emergency landing about 9.50am.
The plane circled for hours to use fuel before attempting the emergency landing.