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No injuries in Cessna’s ‘hard landing’ at Buffalo airport

A small plane lost a wheel and experienced a “hard landing” Friday afternoon at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, but no serious injuries were reported.

Airport emergency crews responded at 1:55 p.m., when the Cessna 170 touched down, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said.

Only the pilot was aboard the aircraft, which originated from Burlington, Ont,

“The male pilot was landing in Buffalo to clear Customs,” Hartmayer said. “He lost the left front wheel, resulting in what we call a ‘hard landing.’ The wing scraped the runway, but he did not tip over.”

Hartmayer said the accident closed the airport’s shorter “crosswind” runway, which did not affect commercial traffic using the main approach.

He added that the pilot was not seriously injured but requested to go to a hospital. He was taken by ambulance to the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters Hospital, Hartmayer said.

No other details were available until officials completed their interviews of the pilot, Hartmayer said.