On Monday morning, emergency personnel, firefighters, police, sheriff’s deputies, and the Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the McPherson airport for a plane with a malfunctioning landing gear making an emergency landing.
The plane had taken off from Salina intending to land in Omaha, Neb., but upon preparing to land, the crew discovered the right main landing gear wouldn’t lock into place.
The crew decided to fly to McPherson airport where the plane undergoes regular maintenance and make an emergency landing.
The airport parking lot was filled with emergency response personnel of all types waiting for the plane’s arrival. Upon its descent, it was able to land without incident. Airport Manager Tom Chandler said none of the three occupants were injured.
“The landing gear never locked into place,” Chandler said, “but they were able to lower it with a hydraulic hand pump. They’d hoped the weight and impact of landing would put enough force on it to settle it into locked position, and that’s exactly what happened.
McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal was pleased with the quick, well-organized response.
“I think all of the agencies worked together very well,” Deal said, “and I’m happy to say that, while we had a very good plan coming into this, I’m glad we didn’t have to use it.”