News Plane incidents — 21 July 2017

ALPENA – An A-10 Air National Guard jet was redirected to Alpena County Regional Airport with mechanical issues and performed an emergency landing, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

A special team of aircraft crash and weapons experts were called to the scene, but the runways and airport are closed and all air operation halted.

Sources said the jet from Selfridge Air National Guard Base was taking part in training exercises at Camp Grayling when there was an issue. It was diverted to Alpena where its landing gears failed. The pilot made a successful landing on its underside.

According to sources MidMichigan Medical Medical Center-Alpena was put on standby as the plane neared Alpena but there were no injuries.

The jet’s cannons were armed at the time of the crash, forcing an evacuation of one of the facilities near the landing strip at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center.

Highly trained crash and the armed weapons specialist units were called in to disarm the weapon.

The accident scene is secure and being guarded.

According to the Pellston Regional Airport’s website the Thursday night flight that was supposed to land in Alpena had been canceled.

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