EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Merrimack Valley

June 26, 2013

Pilot unhurt after plane accident at Lawrence Municipal Airport

NORTH ANDOVER — A pilot escaped injury Monday morning when the nose gear on his airplane malfunctioned during a landing at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

The nose gear — the front wheels — deployed but did not lock in place, according to Michael Miller, airport manager.

Asked if the plane, a 2-engine Beechcraft Duke, can be repaired, Miller said that remains to be determined.

The Federal Aviation Administration will inspect the aircraft and investigate the incident, he said.

The pilot and a passenger refused medical attention, according to police.

The accident was reported at 9:12 a.m.

Engines 1 and 2 and Ladder 1 from the Fire Department and the police responded promptly, Miller said.

The Beechcraft Duke seats a pilot and five passengers. The damaged airplane was built in 1973, Miller said.

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