Thursday, August 01, 2013

Cessna 402B, N3MZ: Aircraft landed gear up - Accident occurred July 31, 2013 at Essex County Airport (KCDW), Caldwell, New Jersey


Fairfield police and fire personnel rushed to the scene of this landing on Wednesday, July 31. No one was injured.
 Photo by Tim Connolly.

Pilot William O’Connor landed this Cessna 402 airplane safely without landing gear on Wednesday, July 31. 
Photo by Tim Connolly.

FAIRFIELD TWP. - A twin Cessna 402B airplane had to land at the Essex County Airport without its front landing gear engaged on Wednesday, July 31, police reported. 

The pilot, William O’Connor of Sharpsburg, Ga., and one passenger were unharmed, and the aircraft landed safely.

Police said that at about 10:22 p.m., Fairfield police were contacted by Essex County Airport operations and advised of the incident. Police and fire units were immediately dispatched to the airport.

The plane sustained damage to its undercarriage and propeller.

According to information gathered by the police O’Connor is an experienced pilot, including flying in the Vietnam War. The plane is owned by Woolpert Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio.

Woolpert is a design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm that lists airport design and watershed management among its "niche services."

The incident has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation.

Another small plane landed without landing gear at the Essex County Airport on Wednesday, April 10.