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Pilot lands plane without landing gear

A Payson pilot crashed in his single-engine plane at the Payson Regional Airport Monday afternoon after the landing gear failed to deploy.

C.W. Day, 70, was attempting to land a Piper-Arrow plane around 2:30 p.m. when he crash landed on the runway, said Payson Police Lt. Donald Garvin. There were three passengers in the plane at the time, but no one was injured. The plane was towed off the runway and the airport was reopened shortly after.

Police have not determined if the incident was because of pilot error or equipment failure.

Truck takes down power line

Power was knocked out Monday afternoon along most of the Beeline Highway after a tractor-trailer driver backed his load into overhead power lines, dragging a pole to the ground.

APS said power was knocked out a little before lunchtime starting at Frontier Street north to Forest Road and from Mud Springs Road to McLane Road.

The truck driver, Eric Hannes, 36, reported that he had caught the power lines with the top of his truck because blowing wind caused the power lines to sway. The power pole and transformer were pulled to the ground in the alleyway of 421 S. Beeline Highway, behind Pioneer Title, said APS Section Leader Todd Thompson. APS had power restored to the area within half an hour, Thompson said.

“As officers arrived, they noticed power lines still lying across the tractor-trailer and on the ground causing a hazardous condition,” said Payson Police Lt. Donald Garvin. No one was injured. Thompson said for safety, when a line is struck or falls, the breaker is tripped, immediately shutting down power to the line.

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