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No Injuries After Plane Mishap At Arbor Vitae Airport

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The pilot of a single engine airplane landed safely at Lakeland Airport in Arbor Vitae Tuesday, after the landing gear of his craft failed to properly deploy, according to authorities.

The pilot, 73-year-old Klaren Alexander of Glidden, was alone in the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. He did not suffer any injuries, according to Vilas County Sheriff Joe Fath.

The four-seat, high-wing plane did sustain some damage, but it’s not known to what extent. The pilot, who reportedly has ties to Hazelhurst area, called in the emergency at 11:54 a.m. He circled the airport for 40 minutes to burn off fuel before setting the aircraft down on the north end of the runway. “I talked with my lieutenant (Lt. Dale Soltow) and he said he thought (Alexander) was a very skilled pilot, as it was a very smooth landing,” the sheriff said. The fire departments did not have to deploy any fire suppression foam, the sheriff added.

Responding to the scene were the Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae fire departments, the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department, Med 5, Woodruff and Minocqua police departments and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in addition to Vilas County Emergency Management