SPANAWAY, Wash. -- Republican candidate for Congress Jim Postma was involved in a plane crash at the Spanaway airport Monday night.

Postma and his wife, Fran, were not injured in the landing.

Postma blamed pilot error. He said he was attempting to land Monday night on a return flight with his wife from the San Juan Islands. When he flew the plane back around to attempt the landing a second time, he touched down without redeploying the landing gear.

He said the plane is a total loss.

Postma, a retired flight simulation engineer, is a candidate for the 9th congressional district, which now includes south Seattle, the southern suburbs such as Federal Way and Renton, as well as Mercer Island and Bellevue.

Postma has run for Congress twice before. In 2008, he got 35 percent of the vote, losing to incumbent Democrat Adam Smith with 65 percent. In 2010, Postma lost in the primary to fellow Republican Dick Muri.

This year, the boundaries of the 9th District were redrawn and Muri is running in the new 10th congressional district. In the 2012 August primary, Postma got 23 percent of the vote, to Smith s 61 percent.

Reporting by KING 5's Robert Mak and Alan Schauffler.

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