By CRISTIN REECE
An area pilot is fine after attempting an emergency landing at the Palestine Municipal Airport Monday, and came up just a bit short of the runway.
The pilot, whose name had not been released by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials as of presstime Monday, made “a good landing, according to Gaylon Addkison, owner of Palestine Jet Center, the airport’s refueling station.
“He made a good landing,” Addkison said, “it was just a bit too short.”
Addkison said after departing from Jacksonville, the pilot — flying solo in a Piper Malibu single engine 6-passenger plane — reported experiencing a “rough-running engine,” and tried to make an emergency landing at the local airport around noon, but ended up touching down in the grassy area just shy of the runway’s end.
“After he landed, he was trying to slow down when the nose gear collapsed,” Addkison said. “But there were no injuries and no fatalities — any landing you walk away from is a good one.”
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Jack Hallock responded to the incident, but did not return phone messages to the Herald-Press as of presstime Monday. Addkison said FAA officials also were called to help investigate the matter.
Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Palestine Fire Department also responded to the incident.