Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 35
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Long Beach FSDO-05
City: COSTA MESA
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, GEAR COLLAPSED, JOHN WAYNE ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT, SANTA ANA, COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA.
SANTA ANA – A small private plane landed on its belly after its landing gear failed on a runway at John Wayne Airport Wednesday afternoon.
The male pilot, alone on board, was not injured.
The single-engine plane landed at 2:37 p.m. on one of the airport’s main runways with its landing gear still up, said airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson.
When firefighters arrived, the pilot had gotten out of the plane unharmed, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.
Firefighters used a crane to move the aircraft out of the runway.
Thompson said the runway was closed for 32 minutes and re-opened when it was clear.
No information about where the plane originated.
Original article can be found here: http://www.ocregister.com
An emergency response was triggered at John Wayne Airport Wednesday when a small plane was forced to land with collapsed landing gear.
One person was aboard the plane, a Bonanza, but the pilot wasn’t injured in the rough landing, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.
The incident occurred at 2:37 p.m. at runway 20. Firefighters are using a crane to lift the plane off the runway to further investigate the malfunction.
Original article can be found here: http://patch.com