Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Knoxville

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Knoxville (WVLT) A corporate jet carrying eight people made an emergency landing in Knoxville this morning.
A Cessna Citation 560 bound from New Hampshire to Rockwood, Tennessee reported a problem with a landing gear.
The plane diverted to Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport.
The FAA says the plane's right main landing gear was stuck in the up position.
McGhee Tyson Airport spokesperson Becky Huckaby says the plane touched down on the runway around 10:30 this morning, and then skidded into the grass.
The FAA reports the plane has minor damage, but a team of investigators is scheduled to arrive at the accident site around 1:30 pm.
There were no reports of any injuries.
Runway 23R is closed and the FAA says it will remain closed for a few more hours.
But Huckaby says all operations are running smoothly at the airport because the other runway is open.
A runway at the McGhee Tyson Airbase can also be used in an emergency.
The Cessna Citation is registered to Pinefield Consulting Group in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
That's also where the plane took off this morning.
We hope to have first pictures of the accident tonight on Volunteer TV News First at 4:00.


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