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Plane lands with wheels up at Nashua Airport

NASHUA – A twin-engine aircraft made a rough landing at Nashua Municipal Airport on Friday, coming down with its front wheels still tucked underneath.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance crew were dispatched to a runway at 11:24 a.m. after the single-wing plane touched down on its belly, Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said. ...

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NASHUA – A twin-engine aircraft made a rough landing at Nashua Municipal Airport on Friday, coming down with its front wheels still tucked underneath.

Police, firefighters and an ambulance crew were dispatched to a runway at 11:24 a.m. after the single-wing plane touched down on its belly, Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Michael O’Brien said.

“It was what we call a wheels-up landing, where the wheels may possibly have not been put down,” he said. “The pilot basically brought it in on a belly type of landing.”

Two people were onboard, and neither was injured. O’Brien said the craft received some structural damage to the body and both engines.

Airport manager Stephen Bourque said the plane was carrying a flight instructor and student who were performing “touch-and-gos” –
a technique used to practice taking off and landing repeatedly. Bourque said he doesn’t think the pilot intended to stay grounded when the Piper Seminole came down on its belly.

“I don’t believe that they indicated prior to touchdown that there was a problem,” he said.

The airport was closed briefly as the plane remained on the runway. The airport reopened by 1:30 p.m. after the facility was inspected for damage.

O’Brien said the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation for further investigation.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashua
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