Presque Isle Airport Closed Due To Emergency Landing of Plane
UPDATE: The airport has just re-opened. However, the main runway is still closed. The owners of the aircraft are currently on their way to Presque Isle to take care of the aircraft.
At approximately 11:00 Wednesday morning there was an emergency landing at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. A United States Postal Service Carrier was flying a Wiggins aircraft when he realized that his landing gear was not working.
The pilot, Eric Albright contacted the airport where all of the emergency departments were put on alert including the Presque Isle Fire and Police department. Albright, did a flyby to determine what exactly the situation was underneath the aircraft. Albright flew around until all of his fuel was gone and then made his emergency landing.
The fire department laid down foam so there was no fire or smoke. Albright was the only person on board and was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center to be checked out but is presumed to be okay.
At this point in time the Northern Maine Regional Airport is closed. Kim Smith who is the Public Information Officer says they do not know when the airport will reopen, but it is closed until they are able to get the airplane off of the runway have everything secure.
Smith says if people do have flights scheduled for today to call ahead for more information on their flight.