Nantucket Memorial Airport reopened around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday after first responders assisted a pilot whose plane made a “hard landing” while attempting to take off, leading to an emergency closure of the airport.
The pilot of a Cessna 420B was attempting take off when a problem developed with the aircraft’s landing gear, forcing the plane to come to a stop on Runway 24, according to the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Nantucket police.
The pilot, whose name was not released, was standing next to his aircraft when first responders arrived on the runway, said Nantucket Police Lieutenant Angus MacVicar. The man was taken to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and information on his condition was not immediately available.
MacVicar could not immediately provide the man’s name or his age.
According to FAA records, the aircraft is locally owned through a company called F/V Theresa Madeline, Inc. with an address in Barnstable.
The FAA issued a brief statement summarizing the incident. “A Cessna 402B was attempting to take off from Nantucket Memorial Airport, Massachusetts, and made a hard landing on Runway 24,’’ the statement reads. “One person was on board.”
On its official Twitter account, airport managers tweeted around 8:40 a.m. that Runway 15/33 is open. “Passengers contact your carrier,’’ the tweet reads. “Pilots refer to official sources.”
Earlier Wednesday, airport managers reported the emergency.
“A real world Alert 3 in progress. Airport personnel currently undergoing response and will advise,’’ one tweet reads. “Airport is closed at this time . . . Repeat this is not a drill.”
Shortly before 7:30 a.m., a new tweet was posted.
“At approx 0724 there was an incident with an aircraft departing RW24,’’ the tweet reads, referring to Runway 24 and the time of the incident in the 24 hour clock. “Emergency response actions are underway. Airport closed at this time.”
The actual emergency took place shortly before an emergency drill was to be held at the airport, starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday. In advance, officials sent out public alerts to “travelers . . . and residents of @townofnantucket: This is all OK.”
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