CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Yeager Airport's main runway was closed for about two and a half hours Thursday after a plane landed without any of its landing gear down.
Airport spokesman Brian Belcher said the incident occurred at 11:03 a.m.
Belcher said the pilot was making a routine landing and had not signaled there was any type of emergency prior to bringing the aircraft down.
He said he and airport assistant marketing director Anthony Gilmer happened to be watching the runway when the crash occurred.
"It was coming in like a normal landing until he got to the pavement, then we knew we had a problem," Belcher said.
According to the aircraft database on FlightAware.com, the plane is a twin-engine Piper Navajo registered to Air Photographics of Martinsburg. According to the registry, the plane is about 43 years old.
Belcher said there were two people on board.
He said when the plane hit, he could see the propellers bending back and dust coming from the runway.