Saturday, October 25, 2014

Piper Navajo Chieftain: Incident occurred October 24, 2014 at Pierre Regional Airport (KPIR), South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Pierre emergency crews were summoned to the Pierre Regional Airport last night after the pilot of a cargo plane reported that the aircraft was having equipment issues.

Pierre Airport Manager Mike Issacs says the Mustang Aviation plane, a Piper Navajo,  had problems with its nose gear on the way to Huron, so the pilot turned the aircraft around and flew it back to Pierre.

The Airport Fire Department, Pierre Fire Department’s Rescue Squad and other emergency responders were called to the airport about 8:00 p.m. to wait for the plane to return.

When the aircraft landed about 20-30 minutes later, Issacs says the nose wheel turned sideways and skidded until it was flat. 

He says damage to the plane appeared to be limited to the wheel and tire.

The pilot was the only one on board and was not hurt.

There was no damage to the runway, but Isaacs says it was closed for a short time until the plane could be towed away.

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