November 21, 2018
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Massachusetts teen on first solo flight makes successful emergency landing

BEVERLY, Massachusetts — Authorities say a 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo flight executed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during takeoff.

The girl took off from Beverly Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says soon after takeoff the pilot of the single-engine, fixed-wing plane reported losing her right main wheel assembly.

An instructor on the ground talked the pilot through the proper technique for an emergency landing, which she made successfully at about 5:45 p.m.

The pilot wasn’t hurt although the plane suffered significant damage.

Airport manager Gloria Bouillon said the girl was “pretty shaken up.”

The pilot’s name wasn’t made public.

The FAA is investigating.

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