Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Kalispell

By Beacon Staff

A small plane that lost its landing gear while dropping off skydivers near Kalispell was forced to make an emergency landing. No one was injured.

Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan says the small plane lost the right side of its landing gear as the plane was dropping skydivers at about 5 p.m. Saturday.

The pilot flew the plane for another 90 minutes to burn off fuel before trying to land at the Skydive Lost Prairie airstrip, about 32 miles west of Kalispell.

The plane crash landed short of the runway and flipped over, but the pilot was not hurt.

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board personnel responded because they were in the area investigating an April 1 crash on Hungry Horse Reservoir that killed Whitefish veterinarian Hugh Rogers.

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