Pilot makes emergency landing at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport
BIG FLATS, NY (WENY) -- A private plane landed safely at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport after a suspected mechanical malfunction.
The emergency landing request came in around 5:15pm Friday.
According to Director of Aviation, Bill Hopper, a gear indication light malfunctioned.
Hopper says the plane made one fly-by approach to test the gears. The gears looked visually fine. The pilot then flew around the airport once and was able to land safely shortly before 6pm. Hopper says the pilot is safe.
According to Hopper, the plane is a privately-owned Cessna twin-propeller aircraft, that's locally-based.
Our reporter on the scene saw multiple first responders staged at the airport during the emergency landing.
The plane's tail number appears in visible images to be N98747. According to FAA records, that plane is assigned to "American Skyways Inc." which is based in Corning, NY.