Any landing you can walk away from is a good one, as was the case Saturday afternoon when a pilot emerged unhurt from an emergency landing at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.
"He did a real good job of it. He didn't panic," said Gary Stoner, who works for Ryder Jet Center.
The nose wheel of the single-engine Cessna did not come down, but the pilot was able to keep the plane's nose up until the speed decreased and the prop hit the runway, he said.
The plane sustained damage to the prop and undercarriage and was quickly towed from Runway 2-20, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said.
A small oil spill was cleaned up and the runway was reopened, all within about 20 minutes, he said.
Ridenour said he was notified at about 2:20 p.m. that there was a plane with mechanical problems.
"We had one guy on duty, and we sent him out with the crash truck," Ridenour said.
Maugansville Volunteer Fire Co. was also called, "but the plane landed before they got here," he said.
Ridenour said he understood the pilot had taken off from Hagerstown. He did not know the pilot's name, he said.
"He flew around the tower, and the tower could see that the nose wheel was not down," Ridenour said of the pilot.
The pilot, who also reported a loss of oil pressure, set the plane down at about 2:30, he said.