Unscheduled landing causes anxiety at airport

MONROEVILLE, Pa. - A Memphis pilot's unscheduled landing at a western Pennsylvania air strip brought federal investigators to see why.

John Hull Dubbs had planned to fly from Memphis to Latrobe, Penn., to attend a meeting, then fly back home. When it got too dark, Dubbs got permission to land at the Pittsburgh-Monroeville Airport.

When the twin-engine Beechcraft touched down, it landed hard and flattened the tires. Dubbs left a note with the plane and headed to a hotel.

The manager of the unattended air strip saw the strange plane, didn't see the note and called the Federal Aviation Administration.

Monroeville Police found the note and tracked down Dubbs at a hotel.

The landing caused concern because the manhunt was still on for two suspects in the Roane County, Tennessee, courthouse shooting.

Airport manager Raymond Weible says Dubbs didn't do anything wrong.

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