A plane made an emergency landing Wednesday night at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, according to officials.
St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said the plane was “significantly damaged,” but that the pilot, who was the only person on the plane, was not injured.
Mavrogeorge said a Piper PA-34 single-engine aircraft landed and skidded to a stop on the runway with its landing gear “in the fully retracted position.” The emergency landing happened around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the fire department said it responded within a minute. The fire department said there was no fuel leakage or fire. A male pilot was checked over by medical personnel.
The fire chief said the cause was under investigation by the FAA.
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The St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department was assisted by the Sauget and Cahokia fire departments and MedStar Ambulance. Sauget and Cahokia police also responded. The aircraft was removed from the runway at 10:25 p.m., and the airport remained open for the duration, according to the fire chief.