Local air tanker makes emergency landing at Fresno Yosemite International Airport

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Updated: 6/16/2014 11:12 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- An air tanker belonging to the Minden Air Corp made an emergency landing at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport late Sunday night after its nose gear collapsed.

Raw video of the event obtained by News 4 depicts sparks flying after the plane's front landing gear collapsed and the plane skidded on the runway.

The two people on board escaped the aircraft unharmed.

"A real emergency is definitely an adrenaline rush. It's happened to me before -- not to the same extent as a nose gear collapse -- but I can tell you from experience as an instructor it definitely got my heart going," said Matt Borges, a pilot instructor at Mazzei Flying Service.

A U.S. Forest Service Spokesman says although the air tanker is being repaired, it will likely not go back into service battling the Shirley Wildfire, currently burning in the Sequoia National Forest.
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