A small aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Reading Regional Airport Monday afternoon when a problem with its nose gear was discovered.
The incident unfolded at approximately 4:15 pm, but thanks to the quick response of the airport staff and ground crews, the plane landed safely on the runway.
The aircraft, a two-seater single-engine RV-6, departed Pottstown Airport in Montgomery County (N47) around 3:14pm. According to public flight records, the plane traveled south and circled New Garden Airport in Chester County (N57), before eventually landing at Reading.
At some point during the hour long flight, the pilot discovered the nose wheel of the plane was missing. According to airport officials, the pilot made the decision to divert to Reading Regional Airport due to the availability of aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment.
Upon its safe landing at Reading Regional Airport, emergency personnel were on hand to assist, and both the pilot and a passenger on board were reported to be unharmed.
The precise cause of the nose gear malfunction is currently under investigation by aviation authorities, and further details about the incident were not immediately available.