FAIRFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A small plane managed to land without its front landing gear at the Essex County Airport Wednesday.

The Fairfield Police Department got a 911 call about the emergency landing at around 12:21 p.m. Emergency personnel from the Fairfield Fire Department, Atlantic Ambulance and Paramedics, and the Essex County’s Sheriff’s Department all responded to the airport.

The plane was being flown by Frederick Hartman, Jr. of Century Air, who was teaching Alberto Corvo to become a flight instructor, according to Fairfield police.

It’s not clear why the Cessna’s front landing gear wouldn’t come down.

The plane landed – nose down – at 12:49 p.m. No one was injured.

The airport has resumed normal operations.


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