'Frightening' emergency landing at Hawke's Bay Airport

21:30, May 17 2010

The Civil Aviation Authority will investigate a crash landing by a light aircraft at Hawke's Bay Airport last night.

Around 9.05pm a Sun-Air four-seater Piper Aztec aircraft experienced difficulties on landing.

Napier police say it appeared the front landing gear did not function as it should. The aircraft came to rest on the runway.

Witnesses said it appeared the nose wheel would not come down.

There were three people on board - two staff members from the airline and one member of the public. All escaped without injury.

Police, fire, ambulance and airport fire/rescue responded to the incident and the runway in question was closed.

It was expected the runway would re-open this morning.

Police spokesman Inspector Paul Jermy said the incident "certainly would have been frightening" for the people on board the plane.


The Dominion Post