Mar 17, 2022

Two area airports put on alert Wednesday evening

Posted Mar 17, 2022 12:48 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Both the Pratt and Hutchinson airports were put on alert for a brief period Wednesday evening around 7 p.m. due to a plane that was having mechanical issues and low on fuel. 

According to a social media report from the Pratt Fire Department, their department was initially called out for a potential emergency landing at their airport, but the pilot determined that they had enough fuel to make it to Hutchinson, so that airport was also alerted to the flight.

According to Pieter Miller with the Hutchinson airport, air traffic control told him a Citation jet declared an emergency as they didn’t have a “gear extended light”, so the pilot wasn’t sure if the landing gear was down.

The aircraft didn’t have enough fuel on board to make a flyby of the control tower to visually verify the gear being lowered, so was cleared for a straight in approach.

As the pilot declared an emergency, the controller notified dispatch and they were preparing for a gear up landing. Turns out, it was an indicator light failure as the gear was down and locked. The Citation made a normal landing.