Airplane has landing gear issues, makes emergency landing

Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An airplane had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff Monday morning when the pilot realized there were issues with the landing gear.

Deputy Airport Manager Patricia deLaBruere, deputy manager at Juneau International Airport, said the situation was called in between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. A DeHavilland Turbine Otter operated by Ward Air was experiencing landing gear problems, she said.

"They were able to land and the gear did have problems, but we were able to get them off the runway and open up the runway within 10-15 minutes. There were no injuries."

She said a lot of things come into play when an alert is raised at the airport.

"There was a lot of airfield personnel on hand," deLaBruere said.

"Ward Air, they had alerted everybody in plenty of time and were able to wait it out until there was a nice clean airfield," she said. "They were able to land so it didn't take up a large chunk of runway, so it was very controlled."

DeLaBruere wasn't sure what the problem was with the landing gear and said Ward Air was in the process of assessing it.

"They certainly were aware of a problem once they were airborne," she said. "Specifically I don't know what it was that failed or malfunctioned. ... It ended well and they did a fine job on landing."

Ward Air did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday.

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