Friday, October 23, 2015

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N5370P: Incident occurred October 23, 2015 at Big Bear City Airport (L35), San Bernardino County, California

Emergency crews stood by waiting for a plane at Big Bear City Airport Oct. 23 in case of a hard landing.

The pilot of the Piper reportedly had trouble with his landing gear as he approached Big Bear City Airport.

Witnesses reported that the plane flew over the Valley approaching the airport and the gear was not down at first.

 A second report said the landing gear did not fully extend correctly even appearing crooked.

The pilot circled the airport several times, finally flying above the runway showing emergency crews and those on the ground that the gear was engaged and he could land. One more circle around, and the pilot landed safely.

According to the FAA registry, the plane, a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, is out of Reedly, California, in Fresno County. 

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