CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) –

UPDATE: 9/19/17 @ 5 p.m.

According to Yeager Airport, after the emergency landing, the runways remained closed for around 55 minutes while the aircraft was cleared, and the runway was swept for debris. Runways have been cleared to open at this time.

Yeager Airport says that only one commercial flight had to be diverted.

The pilots reported to Yeager Airport that they were in route to Fredrick, Maryland, where the flight originated. They had flown to West Virginia to complete an aerial surveying job.


UPDATE: 9/19/17 @ 4 p.m.

All three passengers are safe after a Piper PA Twin Engine Airplane experienced mechanical difficulties with its nose landing gear at Yeager Airport.

The aircraft circled Yeager Airport for over an hour to burn auxiliary fuel, but landed just before 4 p.m.


UPDATE: 9/19/17 @ 3 p.m.

According to a release from Yeager Airport, a Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft out of Jersey City, New Jersey, with three people on board.

The airplane is experiencing mechanical difficulties with nose landing gear.

The aircraft is circling the airport to burn auxiliary fuel, and is expected to do remain circling until approximately 3:15 p.m.

We will update this story with new information as soon as we receive it.


ORIGINAL: 9/19/17 @ 2:20 p.m.

A plane is circling Yeager Airport while experiencing mechanical difficulties with its nose gear this afternoon.

Yeager Airport’s Emergency Response Center says that they received information that a Navajo Twin Engine Aircraft with three people on board is experiencing mechanical difficulties with its nose gear at around 2:00 PM on September, 19th, 2017.

The aircraft is currently circling the airport in the pattern, while the pilot performs diagnostic testing.

Kanawha County Dispatchers say that the plane has lost 160 to 170 gallons of fuel.

We have a crew headed to the scene. We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.