Merced Airport Back Open After Crash Landing; Pilot Survives - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Merced Airport Back Open After Crash Landing; Pilot Survives

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The Merced Regional Airport is back open after a pilot made a crash landing Saturday afternoon.

Merced Fire Battalion Chief Shawn Henry says the single-engine Mooney plane crashed after 5:30 p.m., after its landing gear collapsed as it was arriving at the airport.

The pilot, who Henry described as a "veteran pilot" was the only one on board, and he was able to walk away.

The runway was closed as crews removed the aircraft.

This affected a Great Lakes Airline flight that had been scheduled to arrive from Visalia.

The plane was kept in Visalia until the runway was cleared.

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