Santa Maria airport runway shut down after plane landing goes awry
The runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport was shut down for two hours after a plane landed on its belly when its wheels failed to engage Friday morning.
Around 10 a.m, a small single-engine plane landed on its belly due to an issue with its landing gear, said Chris Hastert, manager of the Santa Maria Public Airport.
It's not clear if the landing gear was not engaged or if the gear was engaged but the wheels collapsed upon landing, Hastert said. As a result, officials closed the runway until the plane could be moved.
Hastert said the runway was reopened around noon, and that neither of the two people in the plane were injured.
Santa Maria Fire Department and Guadalupe Police both responded to the incident.