Plane lands at airport, after declaring in-flight emergency, no injuries reported

4:39 p.m. update

A plane from a Greenwood flight school made an emergency landing at Columbus Municipal Airport Tuesday.

A Cessna 310 with two occupants made the landing at the airport at about 2 p.m. and went nose down onto the runway.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s registry, the plane is owned by Jeff Air Pilot Services LLC of Greenwood, Ind.

David Jeffries, who is one of the business’s owners, confirmed that there were two individuals on the Cessna 310 and no injuries. He said he couldn’t get into more specifics about the flight due to there still being an open investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

The Cessna reported the need for an emergency landing at about 1:40 p.m. Columbus Municipal Airport Director Brian Payne said the pilot notified the airport’s control tower that the Cessna’s nose gear would not extend all the way and declared an emergency. The air traffic control tower then notified the fire department, Columbus police and ambulance crews.

“We had the aircraft circling until we had all of the emergency personnel on the ground, ready,” said Payne. “So we did have fire (department), CPD and the ambulance all at the station here, ready to roll. The aircraft came in and made a very light landing.”

The plane landed and then went nose down onto the runway. Police officers said that Columbus police and firefighters were attending to it. No injuries were reported.

2:24 p.m. update

Columbus Municipal Airport Director Brian Payne said the pilot notified the airport’s control tower that the Cessna’s nosegear would not extend all the way and declared an emergency. The air traffic control tower then notified the fire department, Columbus police and ambulance crews.

“We had the aircraft circling until we had all of the emergency personnel on the ground, ready,” said Payne. “So we did have fire (department), CPD and the ambulance all at the station here, ready to roll. The aircraft came in and made a very light landing.”

He said they’re working on getting the aircraft secured and then hopefully have it towed back to the south apron as soon as possible. The airport is also contacting the Federal Aviation Administration about the incident, as dictated by emergency protocols.

Payne said that declared emergencies are rare; he believes the airport hasn’t had one for a couple of years.

1:52 p.m. update

The aircraft has landed according to Columbus police and firefighters are “attending to it,” police said. The plane landed and then went nose down into the runway. No injuries were reported.

1:46 p.m. update

The aircraft is currently circling the airport burning off about 70 gallons of fuel. The pilot has reported that the plane’s nose gear is not deploying.

ORIGINAL STORY

Columbus firefighters and other emergency personnel have been sent to the Columbus Municipal Airport for an aircraft reporting the need for an emergency landing. This was reported at 1:40 p.m.

The plane has been assigned a runway to land.

Two people are on the Cessna aircraft.