Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cessna 340A, N340A, Aviation Peter Corporation: Incident occurred May 30, 2015 at Martha's Vineyard Airport (KMVY), Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

The pilot of a twin-engine Cessna 340, his wife and their dog walked away from a very rough landing at Martha’s Vineyard Airport about 12:30 pm, Saturday afternoon.

The plane’s right main gear collapsed soon after landing, airport manager Sean Flynn told The Times, causing the plane to veer off the runway and come to a stop on the grassy safety area.

Airport fire and rescue crews responded. West Tisbury firefighters and Tri-Town ambulance crews also arrived to assist.

There were no injuries. West Tisbury firefighters assisted in hoisting the plane up and locking the gear back into place.

The pilot, who Mr. Flynn did not identify, is a seasonal Island homeowner. The plane is registered to a Delaware corporation.

State and federal aviation and transportation authorities will be responsible for any investigation.

“I am glad no one was injured,” Mr. Flynn said. “I’m also grateful for the quick response of our emergency crews and mutual aid provided by first responders.”



A six-passenger aircraft veered off the main runway at the Martha’s Vineyard Airport shortly before noon Saturday when the plane’s landing gear collapsed. The pilot, a passenger, and a dog, were unhurt, officials said.

“Upon landing, his right main gear collapsed,” said airport manager Sean Flynn. “That caused [the plane] to veer off the payment to the safety area, a grassy area just off the runway. We’re thankful nobody was hurt.”

The airport fire department responded to the incident, backed up by mutual aid from several Island departments.

The airport was closed to all aircraft for about 30 minutes, then resumed operations with only one runway. That caused some delays among commercial and private aircraft who were required to use the airport’s shorter runway.

The aircraft, a twin-engine Cessna 340A, was built in 1975, according to FAA records, and is owned by Aviation Peter Corporation, a company registered in Middletown, Del.

According to Mr. Flynn, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the FAA, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division will look into the mishap, as part of a routine investigation.

By 4 p.m., the plane was repaired and moved off the runway area to the airport ramp.

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