A small jet that landed at McClellan Park ended up in a field after landing gear did not deploy Wednesday morning, but the aircraft appeared minimally damaged and no one was injured, authorities said.
Capt. Chris Vestal, a Metro Fire spokesman who also responded to the incident, said it was reported just before 9 a.m. as a “minor in-flight emergency,” which he said was analogous to “things like a check-engine light on your car.” However, responding fire crews saw the plane land and then “run off the runway,” observing that “some of the landing gear didn’t come down,” Vestal said.
Photos posted by Metro Fire of the jet in the field appear to show the front landing gear wheel down, but no rear wheels deployed.
“We don’t know the cause of that,” Vestal said.
The involved plane is registered in Sacramento, according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry.
The runway was shut down about an hour, but was determined to be safe and reopened with the plane still in the field, Vestal said.