Plane's landing gear fails to deploy during landing at Rapid City Regional Airport
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.
Bloom, deputy airport director for finance and administration at the
airport, said no one was injured when the small plane landed at about 3
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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Haney, of Carrollton, had been on the Rome-based River City Bank board of directors since 2009, according to the bank's website. He was also president of the Haney Family Partnership and president and CEO of Aviation Pursuits, Inc.
Federal investigators say they're planning to probe several components of the plane. National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ralph Hicks said during a press conference that the wreckage of the small, amateur-built plane found in a wooded area near Carrolton Sunday evening spanned an area that was about 100 feet long and 50 feet wide.
Hicks says the investigation will continue Tuesday with a review of the plane's engine and flight controls. Hicks says the plane first hit a tree and the engine and propeller came off after impact. Carroll County Coroner Samuel Eady says authorities are using dental records to identify the two passengers.