Plane skids to stop at Yeager Airport

CHARLESTON (AP) — Federal officials are investigating what caused a small plan to skid to a stop at Yeager Airport after its landing gear did not deploy.

Officials say the pilot, and only passenger, was not injured, but one of the airport’s runways was closed for a short time after the Saturday incident.

Airport spokesman Brian Belcher told The Charleston Gazette that officials were notified that the pilot had problems with equipment shortly before noon Saturday. Belcher said the small, twin-engine plane landed even though its wheels did not descend like they should have.

Work crews had to close the runway for about an hour while they removed the plane, delaying some flights.

Belcher said federal officials will be talking with the pilot as they investigate the accident.

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