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HARDY TWP. -- No notable injuries were reported when a plane came down short of the runway at the Holmes County Airport Wednesday morning.
Around noon, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office was called by airport personnel to what is currently being investigated as an emergency landing, with damage, that occurred around 10:22 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun, who said it will be up to the Federal Aviation Administration to determine if it is categorized an emergency landing or a crash.
According to the initial investigation, pilot Peter B. Mapes, 62, of Greenbush, Mich., had planned to stop for fueling at the Holmes County Airport after flying out of Maryland. He was following another aircraft, which successfully landed, but his own 1962 Cessna 195D suffered engine failure on final short approach of the runway, according to Haun.
Mapes attempted to land the small aircraft on its landing gear, which broke out from under the plane, causing damage to the landing gear, the belly of the plane and the nose cone, said Haun, who said the plane ended up on private property near the airport.
Mapes was not injured. His 16-year-old female passenger received a cut inside her mouth, but refused medical treatment, according to Haun.
Reporter Christine Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.