Plane’s Nosegear Collapses During San Jose Emergency Landing

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A malfunction in the landing gear of a twin engine Cessna 310 forced the pilot to make an emergency landing Tuesday afternoon at Mineta San Jose Airport, authorities said.

The plane — with two onboard — was on its way to San Jose’s Reid-Hillview Airport when the pilot reported a problem with its landing gear.

The pilot was told to divert to the larger Mineta San Jose Airport where emergency crews stood by.  The longer runway and better equipment made it a safer choice for an emergency landing, Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.

As the pilot landed the plane, the nose gear collapsed. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

The landing forced the airport to shut down one of its runways while crews worked to clear the damaged plane.

The San Jose-bound plane that crashed into a home in Riverside last week, killing three San Jose residents and critically injuring two others, was also a Cessna 310.

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