A plane with nine people inside made an emergency landing at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon.
The pilot was concerned his landing gear wasn’t working, leading to the emergency landing, Ohio State Highway Patrol spokesman Shane Meddock. That pilot wasn’t identified by officials at the scene Friday.
But the aircraft landed safely with no problem and taxied to a hangar.
“The plane had no issue with the landing gear,” Meddock said. “The plane landed pretty reasonable to me.”
Many first responders, including haz-mat crews, responded to the scene to await the plane’s arrival.
“There were (Springfield) fire and EMS were here,” he said. “Springfield (police) were here as well, Clark County Sheriff’s Office along with the highway patrol. Everything was in place just in case.”
It’s important for authorities to respond swiftly because a crash could happen, Meddock said.
Emergency dispatch recordings show that officials worked together to make sure the plane had enough space to land safely.
“The plane is in sight,” an official can be heard saying.
“The plane is on the ground without incident,” another official can be heard saying.
At this time it’s unclear what caused the pilot to fear he and his passengers were in danger,
“It sounds like it might be a mechanical issue with the airplane and that is something I would assume the owner will deal with,” he said.
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