Federal officials say a medical flight was able to land safely Wednesday morning in Anchorage, despite problems with its landing gear – which collapsed after the aircraft was on the ground.

Clint Johnson, the NTSB’s Alaska chief, said the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air operated by LifeMed Alaska was flying from Bethel to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

A statement from LifeMed Alaska said the plane's pilot had initially tried to touch down at about 5 a.m., but noticed that "the aircraft was settling unusually low on the left side."

"Understanding that a possible locking mechanism failure had occurred, the pilot aborted the landing, notified the control tower and then completed several fly-bys to allow for visual inspection," LifeMed officials wrote.

The plane, carrying five people – described by LifeMed as a crew of three, a patient and a family member – successfully landed, but the left landing gear collapsed "as the aircraft slowed."

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Airport manager John Parrott said Airport Police and Fire units responded to the aircraft, which landed southbound on the north-south runway, but nobody was hurt.

An NTSB investigator was sent to examine the gear failure, Johnson said. The runway it landed on was closed for a few hours during the initial investigation.