No Injuries in Airplane Crash at Melfa Airport

The pilot was uninjured after this small aircraft failed to deploy itas landing gear in an incident at the Accomack County Airport on Monday, June 20. Virginia State Police photo.

Staff Report — A Pennsylvania man was not injured after his aircraft failed to deploy its landing gear prior to landing on the runway at the Accomack County Airport in Melfa Monday afternoon.

Harry Leiser, 45, of Rome, Penn., was the sole occupant of the 1966 Cessna T-120 airplane.
Virginia State Police were dispatched to a reported plane crash at the airport at around 4:25 p.m.

Leiser left Tangier Island at around 3:50 p.m. for the 10-minute flight to Melfa, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Sgt. Michelle Anaya.

The landing gear failed to deploy due to a mechanical issue and Leisner was unaware of the failed deployment, Anaya said.

As the aircraft touched down on its hiull, a propeller struck and the aircraft skidded to a stop.

There was no fuel leak and the only damage was to the aircraft, according to Anaya.

The damage was reported as minor.

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