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Plane makes belly landing in Mahoning

Published August 04. 2010 05:00PM

A twin-engine plane reportedly was forced to make a belly landing at a local airport yesterday afternoon when its landing gear failed.

The incident happened at the Jake Arner Memorial Airport in Mahoning Township.

There were no injuries. The unidentified pilot reportedly showed great skill in landing the aircraft with little incidence or damage.

Mahoning Township Police, the Mahoning Valley Fire Department, and Mahoning Valley Ambulance were dispatched.

Also notified was the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airplane was immediately pushed into a hangar at the airport. The FAA ordered police to stand by the craft and not let anyone near it until they investigate.

Carbon County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Nalesnik said, "I was notified of the incident but didn't have to respond."

He said by the time he was notified, the plane had already landed.

He said he was supplied with information to make a report. According to the information he received, the small, twin engine plane had a landing gear malfunction.

"It had a hard belly landing," Nalesnik said.

No other information was available.

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