Monday, October 21, 2013

Lancair IV P, N8V: Accident occurred October 21, 2013 in Teterboro, New Jersey


TETERBORO — Police say the rear landing gear of a small plane collapsed after the craft touched down at Teterboro Airport this afternoon, causing the plane to skid off the runway onto a grassy median.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, declined medical treatment, and police said no one else was hurt in the incident.

The single-engine aircraft landed at about 2 p.m., said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration was sending an investigator to the scene, Pentangelo said.

An initial police report of the landing suggested the plane's gear had not deployed. But Pentangelo said a subsequent report indicated that the landing gear did deploy, but collapsed after the plane touched down, and the plane came to rest on its belly.

Pentangelo said there were still no details about why the gear did not deploy, the extent of the damage to the plane, where it had taken off from or where it was headed.

Teterboro is a general aviation airport in Bergen County owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. It is frequently used by business travelers headed to and from Manhattan, and by recreational pilots.

Aviation records indicate the aircraft is a Lancair, an amateur-built kit plane registered to Aviation Paw Inc., of Dover, DE, which has no published phone number.

According to, an aviation tracking site, the plane took off from Sioux Falls, SD, this morning at 8:09 a.m., before making a stop in Gary, IN, and then flying on to Teterboro at 12:40 p.m.