Saturday, February 20, 2016

Cessna 180A, N620MM: Incidents occurred February 20, 2016 on St. Catherines Island, Liberty County, Georgia and July 26, 2014 at Burlington International Airport (KBTV), Chittenden County, Vermont

Date: 20-FEB-16
Time: 19:05:00Z
Regis#: N620MM
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
State: Georgia


According to fire and rescue personnel who just returned from St. Catherine’s Island, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing when he said his engine began to sputter.

He was able to safely land in an open field on the island.

There were two other people on board, all of them are currently waiting for a mechanic to come out and determine the cause of the engine problems.


Liberty County emergency crews are working to reach a pilot who landed on St. Catherine’s Island.

County EMA Director Mike Hodges was unsure whether this was a crash or a hard landing but said the pilot was alert and was able to call 911 from the ground.

Eastern District Volunteer Fire and Rescue is heading to him by boat and medical personnel are on standby at Fort Morris Dock.


A single-engine plane made an emergency landing on St. Catherines Island shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges said. 

The pilot exited the plane and called 911. Eastern District Volunteer Fire and Rescue personnel said the pilot told them that he landed in an open field on the island after the engine sputtered. Two other people were on board with the pilot. They were waiting around 4 p.m. for a mechanic to look at the engine.

No injuries were reported.


Incident occurred July 26, 2014 in Burlington, Vermont: 


Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-65 

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - A small plane landed on its nose at Burlington International Airport Saturday afternoon, sending emergency crews into action for the second time this week.

The Cessna 180 had just landed at the airport when officials say it entered into a ground loop, or a rapid rotation of the aircraft. It then ended up on its nose. No one was injured.

Gene Richards, Director of Aviation at Burlington International, says the aircraft was moved from the runway and stored in a hangar until Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what happened.

The incident comes just days after a Delta flight bound for Detroit had to return to Burlington for an emergency landing. In that case, the flight crew noticed unusual vibrations on the aircraft. Early indications are that there was a problem with the plane's ram air turbine near the front of the aircraft.

No one was injured in that case either.

Richards thanked emergency crews for a quick response in both situations.


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