MASON — A small plane landed safely at a Lansing-area airport after its landing gear failed to deploy, authorities said.

A 60-year-old Lansing man who was the plane’s only occupant was not injured when the Piper Twin Comanche dual prop plane landed on its belly Saturday afternoon at the Mason Jewett Airport.

The plane sustained damage to its underside and both of its props in the landing, according to information from the Ingham County alert system.

Capt. Greg Harris of the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot called authorities after making the landing and told deputies the landing gear had failed to deploy before he landed it safely.

Deputies notified the Federal Aviation Authority of the landing, which is being investigated by police with the Capital Region International Airport.

Program seeks to reduce water waste

BENTON HARBOR — Some residents in southwestern Michigan and the Detroit area will get plumbing repairs in their homes as part of a new initiative to reduce water waste.

Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy said the “Water Leak Pilot” program is expected to highlight the benefits of reducing water waste for consumers, water suppliers and the overall community. The agency’s office of the Clean Water Public Advocate is offering the program.

About 100 Benton Harbor residents and 100 people in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park initially will take part in the program.

Water leaks can significantly increase consumer water bills, contribute to water quality concerns and increase the energy consumption of municipal water suppliers, officials said.

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