Plane Makes Crash Landing
A plane crash-landed at the Moore County Airport Wednes-day morning.
It appeared, according to the airport staff, that the plane came in with its landing gear up. The pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft, and he was not injured.
The airport had to be closed for four hours Wednesday morning.
The plane flew in from Fayetteville at about 6 a.m., said Airport Manager Gary Barnum. The pilot was flying here to pick up someone for a business trip, Barnum said.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Valley Ltd., of Fayetteville, owns the plane.
Airport workers watched with concern as the single-engine, six-seat Beech Bonanza coasted in without its wheels down. The crash landing damaged the plane.
"It bent the props all up," Barnum said, "tore the underneath and bent the trailing end flaps. It was a shame."
It took about four hours to lift the damaged aircraft back onto its wheels and move it out of the way. The airport reopened at about 10:10 a.m.
The FAA is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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