Myrtle Beach International Airport runway reopens after small plane lands with partial gear down

February 19, 2014 

The new Myrtle Beach International Airport terminal on March 17, 2013. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan /


The runway at Myrtle Beach International Airport is reopened, after a plane landed there Wednesday without full use of its landing gear, according to airport spokesman Kirk Lovell.

The runway was reopened about 9:50 p.m., Lovell said, but not before one commercial flight – Spirit Airline flight 188 – had to be diverted to Columbia. That flight was expected to come to Myrtle Beach after the runway was cleared.

The airport closed the runway around 8:25 p.m., after the general aviation plane made its landing with one part of its landing gear down, Lovell said. No one was injured in the plane, according to Lovell, but he said he did not know how many people were on board.

Lovell couldn’t identify the plane type, or where it came to Myrtle Beach from late Wednesday. He said the Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the incident, and gave airport officials approval to remove the crashed plane from the runway.

“After the crash was removed, we checked the runway for debris, cleaned it and opened it up,’’ Lovell said.

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