Front Landing Gear Collapses As Airplane Lands At Jones Riverside Airport

Friday, January 14th 2011, 1:52 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Air traffic was diverted from Jones Riverside Airport on Elwood Drive Friday afternoon after an incident on one of the airport's runways.

The front nose gear collapsed on a Beech 76 Duchess airplane. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the twin-engine, 1982 model airplane is registered to Christiansen Aviation, which operates a flight school at Jones Riverside.

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The view from SkyNews 6 shows both propellers were bent. 

SkyNews 6 pilot Will Kavanagh said the airplane was on a training flight doing a touch and go on the airport's east runway when the gear collapsed. 

A flight instructor and student pilot were the only ones on board at the time.

Images from SkyNews 6 show long gouges in the runway, showing that the plane skidded quite a distance before finally coming to a stop.

Kavanagh said repairing the damage done to the plane will likely be very expensive.

There were no injuries reported.

The FAA is investigating.