CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) – Fire officials say a small plane on a medical flight made an emergency landing at the Centennial airport after the landing gear for the aircraft’s nose failed.

The plane skidded on its nose during the landing Tuesday night.

South Metro Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Becky O’Guin says the pilot of the King Air Twin Turbo prop coasted on the plane on its rear wheels for as long as possible before setting the front of the plane down.

She says six people were on board the flight from Cortez.

She told the Denver Post that two passengers were taken to a hospital “as a precaution.”

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Comments (7)
  1. Martin says:

    Does the crash happen during landing? The information is not clear how the incident took place?

  2. Donal says:

    AS to the picture it is likely a nosewheel collapse during the landing phase.

  3. Centennial Pilot says:

    Typical media sensationalism. This is not a crash. As the photo clearly shows, it was a controlled landing, stopped on the runway, with a collapsed nose wheel. A crash is a violent encounter that results in destruction. This plane will be repaired and return to service. Always have to scare non-fliers into thinking flying is unsafe… so sad.

    1. EPIC RAIL says:

      Well said Centennial Pilot. Not a crash.

    2. Centennial Accountant says:

      Looks like someone heard you – they updated the headline to “hard landing”!

  4. Debrah says:

    No one was injured in the controlled landing. The patient being transported was transported to the hospital, which was the entire reason for the flight, with no injuries from the landing.

  5. Centennial Accountant says:

    Kudos to the pilot for ensuring a safe controlled landing!

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