Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Piper PA-46-500TP, N53369: Incident occurred at Sterling Municipal Airport (KSTK), Colorado

Pilots are known for saying "any landing you can walk away from is a successful landing."

And that was the case Sunday night when a small, Sterling-based aircraft went off the runway at the Sterling Municipal Airport a little before 8 p.m.

According to City Manager Don Saling, the small plane was returning from a trip to Wyoming and experienced a flat tire on its nose gear while landing. Saling said the plane ended up going off the west side of the runway, and the propeller hit the ground, but neither the pilot or one passenger on board was injured.

Saling said the airport had to close the runway overnight until equipment from Greeley arrived to move the plane. 

The runway was swept clean before reopening at about 10 a.m. Monday morning.

The Sterling Fire Department, Sterling Police Department, Logan County Ambulance and Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, along with airport manager Pat O'Brien. 

Photographs were taken of the accident scene to be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board, but Saling said that because there were no injuries, he didn't anticipate an in-depth investigation would be required.

Story and photo:  http://www.journal-advocate.com

N53369 LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N53369

Regis#: N53369
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Highest Injury: None
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


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