Plane loses wheel in flight, lands safely in Calif

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Updated: 1/29 6:45 pm

EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) — A small plane that lost its nose wheel in flight has landed safely at a Southern California airport.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the single engine Diamond DA40 touched down at El Monte Airport around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Television news footage showed the plane upright on the runway.

Gregor says the wheel reportedly fell off during flight and landed in a nearby park.

No injuries are reported.

It's not immediately known whether anyone besides the pilot was on board the four-seat plane, which is equipped three wheels.

The FAA is investigating.

El Monte is about 15 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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