Single engine plane makes emergency landing in Wayne County

WAYNE COUNTY - A single engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Wayne County on Saturday.

According to the Central Fire District, the plane was spotted circling the airfield around 9:40 a.m and appeared to have suffered a landing gear malfunction. The landing gear was only partially deployed.

No voice communication could be made with the pilot, so rescue crews had to use hand gestures to guide him to the landing strip. From there he was able to land the plane, which suffered damage to the fuselage.

The pilot was not hurt.

Central Fire District was assisted by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Smithville Police Department and airport staff. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. 

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