Sunday, July 13, 2014

Incident occurred July 12, 2014 in Rapid City Regional Airport (KRAP), South Dakota

Plane's landing gear fails to deploy during landing at Rapid City Regional Airport

A small private plane landed on the Rapid City Regional Airport's runway without having its landing gear deployed, forcing a closure of the airport's commercial runway for about an hour Saturday afternoon.

Toni Bloom, deputy airport director for finance and administration at the airport, said no one was injured when the small plane landed at about 3 p.m.

One person was flying the plane and no passengers were aboard, she said. The reason for the failure of the landing gear's deployment is still being looked into.

Bloom said commercial flight landings were delayed so the runway could be cleaned off and swept for debris, but said she was pleased with how the airport's staff handled the situation.

"No one got hurt, it was handled efficiently and everything is back to normal now," she said.

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