Saturday, June 09, 2012

Aircraft on landing, gear up at Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, West Virginia

 Courtesy photo 

A small plane skidded to a stop at Yeager Airport Saturday after it's landing gear did not deploy. This photo from Yeager Airport's Facebook Page shows airport crews working to remove the plane. The runway was shut down for about an hour and no one was injured in the crash.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A plane skidded to a stop at Yeager Airport Saturday afternoon after landing equipment failed to deploy on the plane.

The pilot, and only passenger, was uninjured, but runway 23 at the airport was closed for a short time.

Brian Belcher, a spokesman for the airport, said officials were notified that the pilot had problems with equipment slightly before noon Saturday. Belcher said the small, twin-engine plane landed even thought its wheels did not descend like they should have.

The official Yeager Airport Twitter account said the small plane landed "gear-up."

Work crews had to close the runway for about an hour, delaying some flights, while they removed the plane. "Our staff did a good job," he said.

Belcher said he had not been able to talk to the pilot yet, so he had no information about the plane's flight. He said federal officials will be talking with the pilot as they investigate the accident and try to determine what caused it.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- There were some tense moments for a pilot who had to make an emergency landing without any wheels.

 Yeager Airport Officials in Charleston tell that the pilot noticed a problem with his landing gear just before 12:30 Saturday afternoon. 

When the pilot realized his wheels would not drop, he radioed air traffic control and managed to land the plane safely on its belly. 

There was no fire and no one was hurt in the incident, however, airport officials say they had additional first responders on standby. 

 Officials say there were some minor delays but the runway has since reopened after being closed for about an hour. 

 The pilot is trying to figure out what caused that malfunction.

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