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Small plane slides off runway at Richmond International Airport

Small plane slides off runway at Richmond International Airport
Posted at 9:21 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 18:22:55-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- No one was hurt when a small, private plane ran off a runway at Richmond International Airport Wednesday morning.

Airport officials said the plane's landing gear was not oriented correctly and caused the plane to veer off the runway.

"At approximately 8:29 a.m., a private jet (Hawker) with five people onboard declared an emergency due to landing gear issues while about six minutes out from RIC," an airport spokesperson said. "The aircraft landed on RWY 16/34, but a “sideways” nose gear forced the aircraft to veer off the runway. It became stuck in the grass midfield between RWY 16/34 and TWY L."

Virginia State Police, who responded to the scene, says the FAA has been notified and are on scene assessing the situation. State police called the damage to the plane “minimal.”

The crash remains under investigation.

The longer runway was closed pending an investigation into the landing. It has since been reopened.

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