Plane's landing gear collapses

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Airport closed for a couple of hours Wednesday after a plane's landing gear apparently failed, causing the single-engine plane to skid on a runway, officials said.

The Beech Bonanza BE-36 skidded a short distance on its belly on runway 25 after it touched down about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday. The landing gear on the plane appeared to collapse after the plane touched down.

The pilot, who was the plane's only occupant, was not injured.

The plane is registered to Kenneth J. Lewis of Statham, said Kathleen Bergen, the spokeswoman for the Southern Region office of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Bergen said she did not know if Lewis was piloting the plane Wednesday. The pilot's identity was not released Wednesday. The plane had flown to Briscoe Field from Gainesville, she said.

There was a small fuel leak, which was brought under control by airport officials, said Lt. Thomas Rutledge, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. Firefighters assessed the scene and then left, he said.

The airport reopened after the plane was removed from the runway.

The FAA is investigating the incident, Bergen said.