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UPDATED: Bemidji Aviation plane collapses at MSP Airport

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MINNEAPOLIS – A Bemidji Aviation airplane veered off a runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport Friday night, prompting a four-hour closure of two runways there.

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According to an article on the Pioneer Press website, the cargo plane collapsed to one side and veered off a runway. 

The unidentified pilot, the sole occupant of the plane, was not injured, the Pioneer Press reported.

The plane, carrying UPS cargo, had landed shortly after 8 p.m. but the mechanism holding its left rear wheel collapsed, causing the plane to veer into the grass, the newspaper reported.

Two of the airport’s four runways remained closed for about four hours, the newspaper reported.

Bemidji Aviation issued the following statement:

"One of Bemidji Aviation Services' Metro III aircraft experienced a left main landing gear collapse upon landing at Minneapolis St Paul International airport November 9, 2012 at 8:10 P.M. Bemidji Aviation is committed to safety and is cooperating with the FAA in their investigation. Damage was limited to the aircraft and we are pleased there were no personnel injured. There was one pilot on board at the time of the incident."

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