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Aircraft goes nose down at Prescott Airport

Landing gear collapses; no injuries

Prescott Fire Department firefighters assist the passengers of a Cesna airplane exit the aircraft after it crash landed at the Prescott Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon, April 29.

Prescott Fire Department firefighters assist the passengers of a Cesna airplane exit the aircraft after it crash landed at the Prescott Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon, April 29.

Two passengers of a Cesna airplane declared an emergency while flying above the Prescott Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon, April 29. The aircraft’s gear indicator light would not show that the landing gear was down.

Prescott Air Traffic Control relayed the information to Prescott’s dispatch center and an Alert 2 (in-flight emergency) response was put together by the Prescott Fire Department (PFD), according to a news release.

Two regular firefighter engines, a foam engine, a battalion chief and a LifeLine Ambulance responded to the scene, according to PFD Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.

The Cesna did a couple low fly-bys so firefighters could visually check the landing gear. It appeared the gear was down, but it was unclear if it was locked, Luedeman said.

The aircraft then circled the area for about 30 minutes to burn off fuel and then came in for a landing. Upon landing, its nose gear collapsed and the incident was upgraded to an Alert 3 (accident happened), PFD reported.

There was no fire or fuel leak, and both occupants were able to walk away without injury. Parts of Prescott Airport were closed for most of the afternoon after the incident until the aircraft could be removed and the runway inspected for damage.