From the Berea Fire Department: On Thursday, November 5, 2020 around 7:40 P.M. the Berea Fire Department was called to assist an airplane in distress at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport in Madison Co.
Upon arrival, we learned that a single engine Cessna aircraft carrying 2 passengers, an EKU flight instructor and an aviation student, had landing gear malfunction on approach. The plane was able to stay airborne until crews arrived and were prepared.
With the help of Berea Fire Department, Berea Volunteer fire & Rescue, Madison County Fire Department, Kirksville Volunteer Fire Department, Madison County EMA, EKU Police Department, and airport staff, the plane was able to make a smooth and safe landing.
“If not for the calm and professional actions taken by both pilots on board and crews on the ground, this situation could have easily had a much worse ending.” Thankfully there was minimal damage to the aircraft and both walked away with no injuries.
Madison County emergency officials were on hand at Central Kentucky Regional Airport Thursday night, after reports of an aircraft needing to make an emergency landing came in.
An anonymous tip to WBON-TV said that the call came in around 8 p.m., prompting Madison County and Berea Fire Departments to travel to the airport. Officers of the Berea Police Department were also present on scene.
Reports say that the aircraft landed safely around 9 p.m., although the plane’s landing gear apparently malfunctioned during the process causing significant damage upon landing.
The cause of the emergency landing has yet to be officially released. WBON-TV will publish more details once they become available.