A Freedom Air “Short 360” Plane Makes a Hard Landing at Guam Airport

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Guam – A “Freedom Air” commuter passenger plane made a “hard landing” at Guam International Airport this afternoon.

Airport Spokeswoman Rolenda Faasuamalea says there were 2 people aboard,  an instructional pilot and the pilot in training.

She said they walked back to the terminal on there own and she is not aware of any serious injury to either following the “hard landing.”

However, she said the plane, a Shorts 360, had to be towed off the runway.

The FAA’s Air Traffic Manager for Guam, Tim Cornelison, told PNC News that the only thing that was reported to his office was that the plane was experiencing a hydraulic leak. No emergency was declared, he said.

The incident occurred at 12:35pm.

The airport runway was temporarily closed while the plane was towed off. Faasuamalea could not say what damage the plane suffered but she noted that there was no debris on the runway.

The incident caused a brief delay in the departure of a United flight bound for Narita.

The runway was re-opened to normal operations at 1:55pm.

A spokeswoman for Freedom Air said that a release on the incident would be issued tomorrow.