Santa Maria Airport landing incident
No one was injured after a small private plane had landing issues at the Santa Maria Airport Friday morning.  (Santa Maria Fire Department photo)

An incident involving a small airplane prompted the temporary closure of the runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport on Friday. 

Shortly after 10 a.m., personnel from the Santa Maria Fire Department were dispatched to the airport for an emergency involving a private plane.

The single-engine aircraft’s landing gear either collapsed or was not extended when it touched down on the runway, airport General Manager Chris Hastert said. 

Although officials allowed one aircraft to depart, the runway remained closed for a time while crews worked to remove the damaged plane.

Two people on board the Bonanza aircraft were not injured in the incident, and no fire occurred, authorities said.  

Crews from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department also were dispatched initially, but canceled since the incident did not involve fire or injuries. 

No further details were available. 

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Janene Scully | Noozhawk North County Editor

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