Private jet has emergency landing at AEX, smoke in cockpit

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - There were some tense moments at England Airpark on Monday evening when preparations were made for an emergency landing.

England Airpark held their annual economic development summit on Wednesday. | Photo Source: KALB

According to England Airpark Executive Director Sandra McQuain, a call came in just after 6 p.m. that a pilot was reporting smoke in the cockpit.

McQuain said the plane was a private Cessna Citation Jet.

There was talk that the jet might land at Esler Regional Airport, but the decision was made for the pilot to land at AEX due to the longer runways.

The England Airpark Fire Department and other emergency vehicles responded to the scene, but fortunately, the pilot landed without incident around 7:45 p.m.

“We’re glad to report he landed safely, and all is well at AEX,” McQuain said.

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