Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 36
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15
AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP, TULSA, OK
A single-engine plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Tulsa International Airport on Friday night, and when the landing gear collapsed the aircraft came to rest at a runway intersection, preventing commercial flights from landing.
The pilot of the V-tail Bonanza indicated to air traffic controllers that the plane was having alternator problems and needed to land at the airport, TIA spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said.
When the plane came in about 8:15 p.m., the landing gear collapsed at the intersection of the main runway and the crosswind runway, she said.
Until the plane could be moved, no commercial flights could land on the main runway, but some smaller planes could land on the west runway, Higgins said.
She said commercial planes could depart from the west runway.
According to the airport's website, about 15 flights were scheduled to land in Tulsa between 9 p.m. and midnight. One plane had already boarded to depart to Houston.
As of late Friday, airport staff did not anticipate any diversions, Higgins said.
Higgins did not yet know where the plane came from or where it was headed but said two people were on board and that neither was injured.
The airport received word from the FAA just before 9:30 p.m. that the plane could be moved — a process that would take only minutes once a wrecker arrived, Higgins said.