Firefighting aircraft makes emergency landing at Minden

Matt Mayhood

Firefighting aircraft makes emergency landing at Minden

CREATED Jun. 3, 2012

Minden, NV (KTNV) -- A Minden Air Service aircraft that was fighting a wildfire near Minden, NV made a rough landing at the airport Sunday after its right landing gear failed to deploy. 

An official with the Nevada Division of Forestry told Action News that the aircraft was being used to battle a wildfire near Minden. The aircraft was able to land without major incident and had some wing damage.

The aircraft involved was a Lockheed P-2 Neptune, which is the same type of aircraft that was involved in a separate crash on the Nevada-Utah state line which officials were investigating Sunday night.

Nevada Governor Sandoval released the following statement regarding the two incidents:

"Within a matter of hours this afternoon, planes carrying two U.S. Forest Service crews crashed while fighting Nevada fires.  Currently, we know of one successful emergency landing in Minden and one potentially far more serious crash Northeast of Pioche.  The thoughts and prayers of all Nevadans are with the firefighters, the plane crews and all of their families."

Federal Aviation Administration officials told Action News that these type of “public use” aircraft are not within the FAA's jurisdiction since they perform their own maintenance and have different regulations than passenger aircraft. 

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