August 12, 2013

BREAKING: Airplane emergency-lands at Hamilton-Owens Airport

An airplane landed at the Hamilton-Owens Airport without landing gear, according to the Columbia Fire Department.

An airplane performed an emergency landing Monday afternoon at the Hamilton-Owens Airport after its landing gear failed to deploy.

The plane landed without wheels deployed after several passovers at the Rosewood-area airport.

The small aircraft hit the runway smoothly on a final pass and the pilot ran from the aircraft unscathed.

The single-engine aircraft is a 53-year-old Piper PA-24-250 registered to TTI Environmental Inc. of Fort Payne, Ala., according to FAA records.

The aircraft's registration certificate, however, expired on June 30, according to the agency. A FAA spokeswoman said she could not provide history on the aircraft until Tuesday.

The four-seat plane left Isbell Field in Fort Payne in northeastern Alabama shortly before 2 p.m., according to Flightaware, a website that tracks aircraft travel. The flight was supposed to take one hour and 41 minutes.

The pilot declined to talk with reporters at the field.

Efforts to reach the company were unsuccessful.

Fire and rescue crews were on the scene to douse any potential fires and treat injuries from the landing. There were no flames, however. The pilot was not transported to a hospital, either.

The airport closed while the pilot performed the landing, and the area surrounding Owens Airfield was also closed to land traffic.

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