No one hurt in plane's emergency landing
By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published August 10, 2006
TAMPA - A private charter plane carrying nine people landed safely after it was forced to make an emergency landing at Tampa International Airport on Wednesday morning.
The plane, a white and gold Cessna 650, lost a tire during takeoff and spent more than an hour circling above the airport before landing safely on a runway, according to airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan.
Those aboard declined to speak with a reporter.
The plane took off Wednesday morning from an airport in Fort Myers, then touched down at Tampa, where it picked up two more passengers, Geoghagan said.
On its way out of Tampa, the plane had a problem with its landing gear, she said, and was forced to return to the airport. As the plane circled the airport, burning up fuel before landing, news station helicopters hovered nearby. On top of the airport parking garage, people lined up, watching for the plane to land.
The aircraft touched down just before 11:40 a.m., and fire trucks and patrol cars headed toward it. It appeared to land smoothly.
The passengers were transported to a private area of the airport to wait for another plane to take them to Pennsylvania, Geoghagan said.
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