Davis-Monthan runway reopened following hard landing

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson says one of its A-10 attack jets had to make a hard landing on its belly but that the pilot is OK.

The runway has since been reopened for normal flight operations.

Capt. Casey Osborne of the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan says the single-seat jet's landing gear malfunctioned before landing on a runway.

Immediately following the "hard landing," base emergency response crews arrived on scene.

A crane was used to transport the A-10 off the runway and into a hanger for repairs and a full safety investigation into the incident.

Once the aircraft and debris were removed, the runway was reopened and normal flight operations resumed.

Osborne says base personnel will examine the aircraft as they investigate the incident.