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Massachusetts teen pilot makes a successful emergency landing during the first solo flight

The student pilot’s name has not been released.

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Authorities say a 17-year-old student pilot making her first solo flight performed a successful emergency landing in Massachusetts after losing a wheel during take-off.

The girl took off of the Beverly Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration says soon after the start of the pilot of the single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft reported the losses of its main wheel assembly.

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An instructor on the ground said the pilot through the correct technique for an emergency landing, which she successfully at 5:45 pm

The pilot was not hurt, although the plane suffered substantial damage.

Airport manager Gloria Bouillon says the girl was “pretty shaken up.”

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The pilot’s name was not made public.

The FAA is investigating.

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