Plane with faulty landing gear makes hard landing at Gillespie Field

EL CAJON, Calif. - A light plane with faulty landing gear made a non-injury hard landing at Gillespie Field Thursday afternoon.

The front wheel assembly of the twin-engine Cessna collapsed when it touched down at the El Cajon general-aviation airport shortly before 4:30 p.m., sending the plane's nose and propellers scraping along the runway, according to city spokeswoman Monica Zech.

Neither of the two people aboard the aircraft was hurt, and no fire resulted.

The accident forced the closure of the runway until crews could tow away the disabled plane, Zech said.

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