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Four-Seat Airplane Forced To Make Emergency Landing At Danbury Airport

The plane after making the emergency landing on Sunday. Photo Credit: Danbury Fire Department
Danbury firefighters tt the scee. Photo Credit: Danbury Fire Department

A four-seat airplane was forced to make an emergency landing late Sunday morning at the Danbury Airport and both the pilot and passenger managed to avoid suffering injuries.

At approximately 11:34 a.m., Danbury Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the airport on a report of an aircraft with an in-flight emergency.

The Piper Warrior apparently had a problem with its left side landing gear while performing practice landings on the runway, according to James Gagliardo, public information officer of the Danbury Fire Department.

Car 30 Deputy Chief Steve Williams responded to the scene along with Rescue1, Truck 1, E22, E26, Miry Brook Tanker 13, Danbury Hospital EMS, Danbury PD and airport officials. All units gathered at the city ramp and stood-by for the damaged aircraft to make a landing attempt.

The aircraft made several fly-bys to allow the Tower to verify any unseen damage to the aircraft along with allowing emergency personnel to get in place, Gagliardo said.

Shortly after, the pilot made a safe emergency landing touching down gently and coming to a full stop on the runway. There was little damage to the aircraft and no injuries to the two on board. 

"Between the airport air traffic controller, the skilled pilot, and the joint response of the Danbury Fire, Police, EMS and Airport Administrators this couldn't have turned out any better," said Airport Assistant Administrator Mike Safranek, who was on scene.

Fire units assisted the Fixed Base Operator with jacking the aircraft and replacing the gear so it could be towed from the runway.

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