Faulty landing gear light causes anxious moments at Kelowna Airport

The Kelowna International Airport is pictured in this photo supplied by the City of Kelowna. A Piper Cherokee with a faulty landing gear indicator light landed safely at the airport this morning, Friday, April 10, 2015.
Image Credit: City of Kelowna

KELOWNA - A faulty landing gear indicator light on a light plane landing at Kelowna Airport this morning had emergency crews on standby.

“We had a Piper Cherokee, which is a small aircraft, coming in. It only had one person onboard,” Kelowna International Airport spokesperson Jenelle Hynes. “They had contacted the tower because there was a landing gear indicator light that seemed faulty.”

Airport rescue firefighters assumed standby positions but the landing gear properly deployed and the plane landed safely.

“Crews waited for the aircraft to land and then did a scan of the runway for foreign object debris to ensure continuation of other flights,” Hynes says.

Only four minutes elapsed from when the pilot contacted the tower at 9:48 a.m., Friday, April 10., and the plane landed.

“No commercial flights were affected,” she says. “Everybody had just landed or where at the gates, so nobody else was affected by this.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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