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Police: Pilot unharmed as plane skids off East Hampton runway

The pilot of a twin-engine Beechcraft Baron escaped without injury after his plane skidded off a runway at East Hampton Airport in Wainscott on Wednesday afternoon because of an apparent landing-gear malfunction, police said.

The pilot, identified as David Bulgin, 62, of Sag Harbor, was the lone occupant of the plane, East Hampton Town police said. The accident occurred at about 5 p.m., police said.

Police said the incident is under investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration was not immediately available to confirm details of the incident.

According to police the plane, a low-wing, twin-engine Beechcraft Baron BE58 was attempting to land on Runway 10/28 when it suffered "an apparent landing gear malfunction," causing the plane to skid off the runway. The aircraft was damaged, police said, though the extent of damage was not clear Thursday.

Airport information shows that East Hampton has three runways, one of which, Runway 4/22, is open only to taxiing.

Runway 10/28 is 4,255 feet long and 100 feet wide.

The airport, on Daniels Hole Road, opened in April 1940. It serves about 16,000 flights annually, according to the airport website.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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