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June 3, 2014

Plane crashes at Peru airport

Pilot uninjured after failing to put down landing gear.

PERU — A 75-year-old Galveston pilot crash landed a single-engine plane Tuesday at the Peru Municipal Airport after deputies say he failed to put the landing gear down.

John Lindgren had taken off from the Kokomo Municipal Airport and was attempting to land at the Peru airport just before noon, Miami County sheriff's deputies said.

Lindgren told deputies he didn’t realize the landing gear wasn’t down, causing his 1980 Mooney-M20K plane to skid 600 feet on the runway on its underbelly before coming to a stop.

Lindgren, who deputies say has over 3,400 hours flying single-engine aircrafts, was uninjured.

The plane sustained moderate damage on its propeller, engine and underbelly. The crash also caused minor damage to the runway.

Miami County deputies responded to the accident, and notified the regional Federal Aviation Administration office in South Bend about the crash.

Deputies said the runway will remain closed until the FAA completes its investigation.

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