No one hurt in Alliance crash landing

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No one was injured when a twin-engine aircraft landed on its belly Tuesday evening at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, , officials said.

Two people on board the plane walked away from the crash. It is not clear if the landing gear on the craft collapsed or simply didn’t operate, officials said.

“I don’t know if the gear collapsed while it came onto the runway or if it never got down,” said Fort Worth Battalion Chief Richard Harrison. “Either way, it was on its belly.”

Fort Worth firefighters were called to the scene at 8:24 p.m. after receiving a report of an aircraft in trouble, Harrison said.

Lynn Lunsford, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the PA-34 Piper Seneca was registered to U.S. Aviation Group of Denton, a flight school.

Efforts to talk to someone at the school were unsuccessful. Lunsford did not have any information on who was aboard the flight.

Several fire department vehicles were dispatched to the scene.

Lunsford said an FAA investigator also was en route.

“It will be up to the investigator to find out whether gear failed or if the pilot failed to extend the gear,” Lunsford said.

The plane was still on an Alliance runway at 9:30 p.m., Lunsford said. He added that crews would be working diligently to remove it so that air freight companies could continue making cargo deliveries through the night.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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