Plane's landing gear collapses, causing minor crash at Naples airport

Naples Airport

500 Terminal Drive, Naples, FL

— Mechanical difficulties and a strong gust of wind may have caused an aircraft incident Friday at the Naples Municipal Airport.

After landing at the airport and while it was exiting the runway onto a taxiway about 11:45 a.m., one of a small experimental airplane's landing gear collapsed, causing minor damage to the two-seater aircraft, said Ryan Frost, director of airport operation.

The airport issued an Alert 3, which is used when a plane has crashed. The alert is used if damage is involved, Frost said.

"It's a crash, technically, but very minor," he said.

No one was injured in the incident. According to Sheila Dugan, deputy executive director, the airport has contacted the Federal Aviation Administration before being permitted to release more information.

"I was just advised of the alert and as far as I know, everyone is okay," Dugan said.

The Naples Fire-Rescue is responding to the incident, and according to scanner reports, there is no gas leaking from the plane .

Naples Fire-Rescue Chief Stephan R. McInerny was not immediately available for comment.

Return to naplesnews.com for more on this developing story.

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