Monday, July 14, 2014

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, N210SD, M C Flyers LLC: Incident occurred July 14, 2014 at Victoria Regional Airport (KVCT), Texas


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A plane crash landed Monday afternoon at the Victoria Regional Airport. 

Officials knew about 12:55 p.m. that the pilot, Stanly Heckrodt, of Victoria, was struggling to put down the landing gear at the nose of his 1980 Cessna T210N, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

At 1:14 p.m., the situation was declared an emergency, and city and county firefighters responded to the scene at 609 Foster Field Drive.

Heckrodt initially left Victoria and was bound for Corpus Christi but came back to the Victoria Regional Airport when he realized the problem, Pray said.

There, Heckrodt circled for about 10 or 15 minutes to burn off fuel before crash landing at the 13 right runway, Pray said.

Heckrodt, whose age was not available, was not injured.

There was no one else in the plane.

"He knew he was going to have to crash land," Pray said. "He did a real good job."

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Last year, there were two emergency crash landings at the Victoria Regional Airport.

This was the first emergency crash landing this year, Pray said.

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VICTORIA - A man in charge of saving lives was the one who needed saving Monday.

 A Victoria doctor, who is also a pilot, was forced to make an emergency crash landing at the Victoria Regional Airport.

While in flight to Corpus Christi, the pilot, Dr. Stan Heckrodt, contacted a tower in Houston and told them he was unable to get his nose gear down.

Air traffic officials tried to assist, but the plane was not responding.

Then around 1:00p.m., the Houston tower asked Victoria airport officials for help.  Heckrodt would have to perform an emergency crash landing at the airport.

Fire officials said they pulled out all the stops to prepare as there's no way to make that kind of landing safely.

“The pilot did the best that he could to land the plane. I mean it didn't land safely, it crashed. So at this point, he’s down, he’s safe, he’s not injured, and there’s no fire or other damage to the plane other than what happened in the initial crash, so were thankful for that,” Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray said.

The Cessna 210 suffered damage to the front end of the plane and to the prop. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

Officials said this is the first crash landing at Victoria Regional Airport this year. There were two in 2013.

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