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Plane lands safely without nose gear

By Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Emergency crews rushed to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport Thursday afternoon for a plane in distress.

No one was injured when the pilot of a small plane made a landing without the front landing-gear deploying.  

The owner of the plane told 6 News the pilot did such a good job with the landing that the plane should only need minor repairs.

The owner is from the Bedford area as well as the two people who were on board -- one passenger and a 22-year-old pilot.

Authorities said the aircraft, a Beech Bonanza was having trouble with its landing gear, specifically the nose gear wouldn't deploy.

The pilot wasn't able to make an emergency landing for close to two hours because of a large amount of fuel.  Officials said he was forced to fly in circles and burn some of it off.

The Richland Fire Department supplied 6 News with a close-up picture of the plane resting on its nose.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times