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University Park Airport runway shut down for nearly 2 hours due to disabled aircraft

Airplane recovered from grass after ‘bouncing off runway’

Emergency crews respond to an airplane that "bounced off the runway" at the University Park Airport on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
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Emergency crews respond to an airplane that "bounced off the runway" at the University Park Airport on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

A private, twin-engine plane went off the runway and into nearby grass at University Park Airport Wednesday afternoon after a hard landing caused the plane to collapse its landing gear.

EMS, Hazmat and Penn State police responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. for a report of an aircraft that had “bounced off the runway,” according to 911 dispatch.

The four passengers on board the Piper Seneca were not injured and left the airport afterward, according to Penn State Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Wyatt DuBois. No fuel leaked as a result of the incident, he said.

Airport personnel alerted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which authorized the removal of the aircraft, he said.

The runway was closed to planes for nearly two hours while crews cleaned up. As a result of the closure, one incoming flight was rerouted and two outgoing flights have been delayed, he said.

The plane had come into University Park from the Westover Metropolitan Airport near Springfield, Massachusetts, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com.

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