PRESS RELEASE: At approximately 3:30 p.m. on October 23, 2013, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department was notified by Homer Police dispatch that a plane had possibly crashed at the Homer Airport. Fire Chief Bob Painter, in Command 1, immediately responded along with units from the Homer Police Department. Prior to arriving at the airport, airport fire personnel reported that it did not appear as though anyone from the plane was injured and that the passengers were being walked over to the Homer Terminal. Command was established and triage was set up in the terminal. A State DOT Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter was on scene with the crash rescue truck and reported no fire or leaking fuel from the aircraft, an ERA Beechcraft 1900, which had apparently suffered a landing gear failure upon touching down on the runway.
Passengers were evaluated by fire department Emergency Medical Technicians. None of the 13 passengers or 3 crew members required ambulance transportation to the hospital. The scene was turned over to the Airport Manager, Kevin Jones, and Homer Volunteer Fire Department was released. According to the airport manager, the airport runway would remain closed pending the investigation by the NTSB and clearing of the debris and aircraft from the runway.
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