No one injured when landing gear malfunctions at Arnold Palmer airport

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No one was injured when a single-engine plane's landing gear malfunctioned as it touched down at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport this morning.

Airport officials said the four-seat Beechcraft Bonanza plane carrying a pilot and one passenger skidded to a halt on the runway around 11:15 a.m., causing moderate damage to the aircraft.

Westmoreland County Airport Authority spokesman Dwayne Pickels said it was not yet clear if the landing gear failed to come down, or if it collapsed on the runway. Federal Aviation Administration officials will investigate.

Mr. Pickels identified the pilot as William Hoffman, an airport hangar tenant, and the passenger as William Wright, a flight instructor.

Airport director Gabe Monzo said takeoff for a scheduled flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was delayed about an hour because of the incident.

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