A pilot made a textbook emergency landing this afternoon at the Del Norte County Airport, easing the Piper Cheyenne aircraft to a stop without benefit of the nose gear, which had failed during the flight.
The pilot, who has not yet been identified, radioed the airport after 3 p.m. to report the malfunction on the plane, which belongs to Cal-Ore Life Flight, Airport Director Matthew Leitner tells the Outpost. Airport personnel responded along with the Crescent City Fire Department, the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol. All were standing by when the plane touched down.
The pilot and two passengers were unharmed in the landing. “Everything turned out really well,” Leitner said.
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