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AIRPORT REOPENS AFTER DC-3 SKIDS OFF RUNWAY

The runway at the Cyril E. King Airport was closed Monday from just after 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., after an inbound cargo plane's right landing gear collapsed as it touched down.
The TOL-AIR DC-3 from San Juan skidded onto a grassy area near the runway after the malfunction, according to V.I. Port Authority spokeswoman Shirley L. Smith. She said neither the pilot, co-pilot or cargo haulers on board the prop plane were injured.
Port Authority Executive Director Gordon Finch said Airport Rescue Fire Fighters responded to the emergency, though no fire was reported.
Smith said, "The runway was partially reopened around 12:15 p.m. for departures and for small aircraft arrivals."
Most inbound commercial jet flights were diverted to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico.
The big, twin-engine DC-3 is one of the most reliable aircraft ever built, with dozens in service around the world for decades.

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