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11:31 AM Sun, Sept. 23rd

No injuries after plane lands safely on its nose

PRESCOTT - Nobody suffered any injuries Friday afternoon when a plane with malfunctioning landing gear skidded in on its nose at Ernest A. Love Field, Prescott Fire Department spokesman Darrin Osborne said.

An unnamed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pilot and his instructor safely touched down a twin-engine Piper PA-44 Seminole at the end of an instructional flight on the airport's Runway 21 Left at 4 p.m. Friday.

"There were no major delays with traffic and no accidents," Osborne said. "It caused a few delays on the runway, but all other planes were detoured to a different runway."

The Seminole made one low pass before landing so that Prescott Fire Department firefighters and the airport tower could take a look at the bottom of the plane.

"The landing-gear door was only partially open, but they were able to make a safe nose-down landing," Osborne said.

Both of the plane's passengers walked away unscathed despite some damage to the plane.

"There were no fuel leaks, and crews were able to get the plane off the runway quickly," Osborne said.