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Plane lands safely without nose gear

PRESCOTT - An air- plane with two passengers aboard landed safely midday Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Prescott Municipal Airport, despite a failure with the font landing gear.

Prescott Fire Department Division Chief Don Devendorf said firefighters responded just a few minutes before noon. He said as the plane was preparing to land, the pilot notified the tower of a possible failure of the landing gear.

A battalion chief, two engine companies and the crash fire rescue truck all responded to the airport, along with a Life Line ambulance.

Minutes later, emergency responders and flight control personnel observed as the plane flew over the airfield at a low altitude.

"In this case, the nose gear was not coming down," Devendorf said.

After the pilot attempted procedures to jostle the landing gear into the down position, it still was not dropping, and the aircraft prepared for an emergency landing.

Devendorf said the plane landed safely on its remaining landing gears with neither fire nor injuries, though the landing damaged the front of the plane.

Neither the Devendorf, nor Catherine Sebold, public information officer for the city of Prescott, identified the type of plane.

Any investigation of the emergency landing will be directed by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

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