Officials: Plane makes emergency landing at Stratford airport

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STRATFORD -

A privately-owned airplane was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

Officials say the vintage aircraft, made in the 1960s, was forced to land at around 4 p.m. after it lost a wheel from its landing gear upon takeoff.

The pilot then kept the plane in the air long enough to burn off fuel.

Officials say he then sent word to the control tower, saying he needed to land the plane. Emergency services rushed to the scene and put down foam for the emergency landing.

They say the pilot was able to land the plane safely and no one was injured.

Officials say the airport is now closed as they are waiting for investigators to arrive.

They have not yet released the name of the pilot, but say he owns the aircraft and has kept it at the airport for several years.

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