Jul 9, 2016 5:35 PM

Keene airport records third incident since May 1


NORTH SWANZEY - A landing gear problem caused a pilot to land in a ditch at Dillant-Hopkins Airport on Thursday.

This is the third incident at the Keene-owned airport in North Swanzey since May 1, The Keene Sentinel has reported.

Neither the pilot of the Piper PA 44 or the passenger were injured. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating.

On May 1, a single-engine aircraft went off the west side of the main runway after making its descent on May 1. It was carrying two passengers. Only five lights along the runway strip were damaged.

On May 11, a Vans RC-8 went off the side of Runway 2 after hitting a deer as it attempted to land. The deer was killed; the pilot and passenger were uninjured. THE NTSB is also investigating that incident.

Airport Manager John G. “Jack” Wozmak chalked the string of incidents up to fate.

“Planes are in and out a lot; we get a lot of visitors,” he said. “Chances increase with traffic.”

The Dillant-Hopkins Airport serves corporate and hobby planes and has the second largest runway in the state. Manchester-Boston Airport has the largest runway in the state.

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