No injuries were reported to a pilot who made a difficult landing Wednesday afternoon at the Claremont Airport. Claremont Fire Chief Rick Bergeron said a call was intercepted through radio traffic, stating the plane’s landing gear would not lower.
The Claremont Fire Department responded to the airport with two engines, a utility truck with foam, and a command car. After the pilot exhausted all remedies, he landed the plane with the nose gear down and locked. The plane came down and skidded to a halt, resting on its fuselage and left wing tip. The pilot exited the plane without assistance or injuries.
A small gas leak was controlled and cleaned up by firefighters.
Fire department personnel lifted the plane using air bags, and placed it on dollies. The plane was towed to a hanger, where federal and state authorities will examine it tomorrow.
John Wilson, who was returning to Lebanon from Nashua, piloted the plane.