Plane Lands Safely in Arlington

Front nose gear did not lock properly

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    With a landing gear not locking into place, a pilot makes an emergency landing in Arlington Wednesday. (Published Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012)

    A plane landed safely at the Arlington Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon after declaring an emergency.

    According to Karen VanWinkle, the assistant airport manager, the front nose landing gear on the 1959 Beechcraft 95 was not locking into place when the landing gears were extended.

    Chopper 5 was overhead when the plane touched down, catching on video the harrowing moments as the gear continued to collapse and bounce around after touchdown.

    The pilot managed to keep the aircraft's weight on the back landing gears as the aircraft slowed to a crawl, preventing the plane's nose from smashing into the runway.

    With the plane stopped, the pilot was able to safely exit the aircraft as emergency crews began to surround the plane.

    No injuries were reported in the emergency landing.