Small plane with mechanical issues makes emergency landing at Yeager

A small plane that was experiencing mechanical issues successfully landed at Yeager Airport. No injuries were reported. (WCHS/WVAH)

A small plane that was experiencing problems with its nose landing gear and was forced to circle Yeager Airport successfully made an emergency landing.

The three people exited the plane after it touched down Tuesday. After it landed, the aircraft tilted forward with its nose resting on the tarmac and tail up in the air.

Yeager Airport said at 2 p.m. Tuesday Yeager Airport’s Emergency Response Center received information that a Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft out of Jersey City, N.J., with three people on board was experiencing mechanical difficulties with the aircraft's nose landing gear.

The aircraft circled the airport to burn auxiliary fuel, and was expected to do so for about 20 additional minutes. The plane made a low circle over the airport before it landed with the gear at a 30-degree angle.

All three pilots on board exited the plane safely after the plane landed about 4 p.m., Yeager said in a news release. The pilots said they were headed to Fredrick, Md., where the flight originated. They had flown to West Virginia to complete an aerial surveying job.

Following the emergency landing, runways remained closed for about 55 minutes while the aircraft was cleared, and the runway was swept for debris. Yeager reported about 5:15 p.m. that only one commercial flight had to be diverted. Runways have been cleared to open.

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