Stricken airplane crash lands at Hamilton Airport

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A plane crash lands at Hamilton Airport

An airplane has crash landed at Hamilton Airport after landing gear problems.

A Stuff reporter at the airport said the plane landed after 11am and the nose wheel appeared to collapse.

A Hamilton airport worker said it was a medical transfer flight and the nose gear had failed.

The aircraft came to a halt nose down on the tarseal.
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The aircraft came to a halt nose down on the tarseal.

The patient was then transferred to Waikato Hospital by rescue helicopter. Nobody was injured during the landing.

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The first call to Fire and Emergency came in around 10.30am on Friday, northern communications shift manager Murray Bannister said.

Emergency services wait for the plane to land.
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Emergency services wait for the plane to land.

Six fire engines and an assistant area commander from Fire and Emergency were sent to the scene.

The aircraft was a light twin engine aircraft, Hamilton Airport chief executive Mark Morgan said before the landing.

The control tower and pilot were working to understand the problem with the landing gear, and then make a decision on how to land the plane, he said.

The plane was having trouble with its landing gear (file photo).
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The plane was having trouble with its landing gear (file photo).

Manager of Taranaki Air Ambulance service David Drummond confirmed it was their aircraft.

There was no indication of any problem with the plane before it lifted off, he said.

Drummond said the plane had been intending to land in Hamilton.

Airport emergency services were responding alongside general emergency services.

Fire crews from Hamilton, Chartwell, Pukete, Cambridge and Te Awamutu were responding, Bannister said.

A spokeswoman for Airways New Zealand said all flights departing from the Hamilton Airport were suspended until further notice. 

Incoming flights had been diverted. 

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said they will not be launching an investigation into the incident at this stage, but that the plane's operator should investigate.

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