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MESQUITE (CBSDFW.COM) - A pilot made an emergency landing Sunday in a small plane just short of a runway in Mesquite.

The single engine plane he was flying ran out of fuel. It landed about a mile south of Mesquite Metro Airport. Its landing gear had some minor damage as a result of the hard landing.

Witnesses said they were alarmed by the eerie silence as the plane neared the ground.

“I told my wife, ‘that airplane is going down,’ cause sometimes we sit there and I hear motors — you know — so I told my wife, ‘wow I don’t hear noise or nothing and it’s going down,” said Mesquite resident Manuel Marquez.

The plane is registered to an owner in Delaware. The pilot wasn’t injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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