Small plane makes emergency landing at McGhee Tyson Airport

7:00 PM, Dec 12, 2012   |    comments
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating an emergency landing that happened at McGhee Tyson Airport Wednesday morning.

According to Becky Huckaby, an airport spokesperson, the pilot contacted the McGhee Tyson Airport's tower around 9:25 a.m. concerning a nose gear issue.

Airport officials were prepared for the single-engine plane to land hot.

"Our people are well trained to respond to this type of emergency . We were on standby capacity," Huckaby said.

The rough landing caused significant damage to the plane but the two people on board, including the pilot, did not sustain injuries.

Since it was a private plane, it did not land on the primary runway.

"It did not impact operations here at our facility today because it did land on the secondary runway on our two parallel runway systems. The primary runway, which is used for commercial operations, was not involved," Huckaby said.

It took approximately two hours for FAA and airport officals to remove the plane from the runway.

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