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Small Plane That Lost Wheel Lands Safely In El Monte

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EL MONTE (AP) — A small plane that lost its nose wheel in flight has landed safely at a Southern California airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single engine Diamond DA40 touched down at El Monte Airport around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Television news footage showed the plane upright on the runway.

Gregor says the wheel fell off during the approach and landed in Pioneer Park, about a mile southwest of the airport.

No injuries are reported.

It’s not immediately known whether anyone besides the pilot was on board the four-seat plane, which is equipped with three wheels.

The FAA is investigating.

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