Plane lands in Mesa after landing gear fails - FOX 35 News Orlando

Plane lands in Mesa after landing gear fails

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MESA, Ariz. -

An airplane had a rough landing at Mesa Gateway Airport after its nose gear wouldn't fully open on Saturday night.

Firefighters originally got the call of a plane with problems around 3:40 p.m.

Two hours later, after trying to fix the landing gear and having to circle the airport, burning off fuel, the plane made an emergency landing at Mesa airport.

A twin-engine King Air sat on it's nose on a runway at Mesa Gateway Airport as emergency lights flashed around it.

"How it's sitting right now is how it came in," said Michelle Potter, a witness.

Michelle and Nicole Potter saw the plane make the hard landing around 5:30 p.m.

"My heart started racing and I hoped and prayed those people didn't get hurt because it just didn't look pretty," said Nicole Potter.

The plane, from Telluride, Colo. had four people on board. It was headed to Scottsdale Airport when the pilot noticed a problem with the landing gear.

"They were able to deploy the nose gear but it would not go into the locked position," said Capt. Ken Hall, with Mesa Fire Department.

The plane was diverted to Mesa airport because of it's longer runways.

The pilot circled for 20 minutes, burning off fuel. Emergency personnel positioned themselves on the runway.

"We seen the plane coming in and as the plane got closer it was very quiet, the fire trucks and police cars started inching closer as well," said Michelle Potter.

"It just hit its' nose on the ground and skidded all the way, about 250 feet, on the tarmac," said Nicole Potter.

Firefighters say the nose gear collapsed after the plane landed.

No one was injured.

"The reports were the pilot did a very good job of landing the plane softly," said Hall.

"My heart's still racing a little bit but I'm just really happy for the people that got there safe," said Nicole Potter.

The plane had a little damage to it's front end. The plane is registered to an LLC out of Elgin, Ill.

The FAA is investigating the issue with the landing gear.

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