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Hard landing prompts temporary closure at Republic

On Friday, the runway was closed briefly after

On Friday, the runway was closed briefly after the 11:30 a.m. incident. The day before a Cessna Cirrus aircraft also made a hard landing at Republic. The airport closed all runways for 90 minutes so the Federal Aviation Administration could inspect the aircraft and airport officials could check the runways for debris or damage. (May 21, 2010) Credit: Republic Airport

A private pilot made a hard landing at Republic Airport Thursday afternoon and veered off the runway, causing a 90-minute shutdown of the East Farmingdale facility.

An airport spokesman said the pilot of the single-engine Cirrus aircraft, who was not identified, landed hard at 1:30 p.m. and collapsed part of the landing gear, causing a wing tip to scrape the runway and the plane to veer off the runway. There were no injuries.

The airport closed all of the runways for 90 minutes so the Federal Aviation Administration could inspect the aircraft and airport officials could check the runways for damage.

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