A pilot has been forced to make a dramatic emergency landing at Bankstown Airport in Sydney's west after his plane's landing gear failed to engage.

The Piper Navajo came down on its belly just before 8pm last night, after circling the airport a number of times trying to fix the problem.

In audio obtained by Nine News, he can be heard saying: "I've pretty much done everything I can" before making plans to bring the aircraft down.

The light plane was owned by Wagga Air Centre, and was loaded with freight.

Only the pilot was on board, and he escaped without injury.

The incident is now being investigated.

News Corp Australia

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