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.