NJ family safe in airport emergency landing

August 1, 2008 6:32:53 PM PDT
A New Jersey family of four is safe after their single engine plane lost a landing gear in flight and made an emergency landing at Albany International Airport. Airport spokesman Doug Myers says the Piper Cherokee had just taken took off in the Adirondacks on the way to Cherry Hill, N.J., when the pilot heard a banging on the side of the plane.

He radioed people on the ground who said he'd lost the left landing gear and told him to fly 65 miles to Albany, which has heavy emergency equipment.

Myers says the Piper landed at about 2:30 p.m. Friday and the experienced pilot was able to keep the left wing in the air long enough to slow before putting it down.

The plane spun about 20 feet off the runway and the parents with two young children walked away unhurt.

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