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Plane’s ‘hard landing’ at Wheeler Downtown Airport causes minor injuries

At least one person suffered minor injuries after a Piper single-engine aircraft apparently landed hard Sunday night at Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City. One of the aircraft’s two occupants suffered a broken arm, said Joe McBride, a Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman.
At least one person suffered minor injuries after a Piper single-engine aircraft apparently landed hard Sunday night at Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City. One of the aircraft’s two occupants suffered a broken arm, said Joe McBride, a Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman. The Kansas City Star

At least one person suffered minor injuries after an aircraft experienced a “hard landing” Sunday night at Wheeler Downtown Airport.

One of the aircraft’s two occupants suffered a broken arm, said Joe McBride, a Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman.

The Piper single-engine aircraft lost power and went down on the north side of the airport on or near a gravel maintenance road, McBride said.

Kansas City fire and police personnel responded to the accident, which occurred just before 7 p.m.

The aircraft had left an airport near Mosby, Mo., in Clay County and had flown over the Country Club Plaza before its pilot flew to Wheeler airport and practiced a “touch and go” landing, McBride said.

The plane soon lost power and came down north of the airport, coming close to going into the Missouri River, McBride said. Although the aircraft’s landing gear was damaged, the plane did not turn over, he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration probably will investigate the incident, McBride said.

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