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UPDATE: Plane with landing gear issues lands safely at Yeager Airport; runways reopen

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Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 2:23 PM EDT
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UPDATE 9/19/17 @ 5:20 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The runways at Yeager Airport have reopened after a private plane made an emergency landing earlier Tuesday afternoon, the airport reports.

The Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft was experiencing mechanical issues with its nose landing gear, but the pilot managed to touch down safely around 4 p.m.

All three people on the plane managed to escape safely. There was no fire.

According to an airport release, the plane was en route to Frederick, Maryland, where the flight had originated earlier. The team had completed an aerial surveying job in West Virginia.

The runway was closed about 55 minutes as the runway was cleared. One commercial flight was diverted.

Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre said the pilot made the best of a difficult situation.

"I thought the pilot did an excellent job at the pace he came in and the way he slowed it down and how he kept it back off the nose gear," Sayre said. "I thought he did a really, really great job."


UPDATE 9/19/17 @ 3:55 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A private plane landed safely Tuesday afternoon at Yeager Airport, despite an unconventional touch down that caused the aircraft to pitch forward onto its nose.

All three occupants escaped without injury just before 4 p.m.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Yeager Airport's Emergency Response Center was notified that a Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft was experiencing mechanical difficulties with its nose landing gear.

Several emergency vehicles awaited the plane, which had taken off from Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Piper PA twin-engine aircraft circled the airport repeatedly to burn off fuel before it touched down.

Yeager Airport reports the plane landed with the gear at a 30-degree angle. It did not flip over after touch down.

Runways at the airport will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, according to the airport. Firefighters remained nearby the aircraft until it was no longer considered to be flammable.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for the latest information.


UPDATE 9/19/17 @ 3 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An aircraft experiencing mechanical issues is continuing to circle Yeager Airport in an effort to burn off fuel.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Yeager Airport's Emergency Response Center was notified that a Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft was experiencing mechanical difficulties with nose landing gear.

The aircraft has three people on board. They are coming from Jersey City, New Jersey.

The aircraft is circling the airport to burn auxiliary fuel and is expected to do so until just after 3:30 p.m.

Airport officials say it "won't be a normal landing." They also say the runways will be closed for an undetermined amount of time after the emergency landing.

WSAZ has a crew at the scene.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ,com for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY 9/19/17 @ 2:24 p.m.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Yeager Airport officials are monitoring a small aircraft that alerted them of mechanical issues.

A Navajo Twin Engine aircraft pilot told airport officials around 2 p.m. Tuesday they were experiencing mechanical difficulties with nose gear.

There are three people on board the aircraft. They are currently circling the airport while the pilot performs diagnostic testing, according to airport officials.

Keep checking WSAZ Mobile and WSAZ.com for updates.

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