Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mooney M20C, N6495U, BB Air Inc: Incident occurred February 27, 2016 at Chatham Municipal Airport (KCQX), Barnstable County, Massachusetts

AIRCRAFT: 1962 Mooney M20C, N6495U, s/n 2242 

ENGINE – Lycoming O-360A1D, s/n L-28547-36A

PROPELLER – Hartzell HC-C2YK-1BF, hub s/n CH41401B

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   Tach 2048.17, TSN 1662.84 as of 1/14/2016

PROPELLER:    TT 1662.77, TSPOH 287.48 as of 1/14/2016 

AIRFRAME:   Tach 2048.17, TT 3198.17 as of 1/14/2016                   

OTHER EQUIPMENT:      Standard Avionics, no known upgrades or modifications

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Pilot failed to lower landing gear on approach to airport. Airplane landed gear up.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Prop strike, engine stoppage, damage to nose gear doors, belly skins, antennas, strobe unit, tail cone assembly, exhaust pipe, possible hidden damage                 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private Hangar, Chatham Municipal Airport, MA          

REMARKS: Contact adjuster for permission to inspect aircraft. Logbooks located with adjuster in ATL office. 

Read more here:

Date: 27-FEB-16 
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N6495U
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Boston FSDO-61
State: Massachusetts


CHATHAM – Chatham Police report that on Saturday at approximately 12:47 p.m., Chatham Police and Chatham Fire Rescue were called to the Chatham Municipal Airport, 240 George Ryder Road, for a reported aircraft off the runway.

Units arrived and located a Mooney M20C aircraft which landed on runway 24, with its landing gear still retracted. 

The aircraft performed a “belly-landing” and the aircraft suffered minor damage.

The aircraft is owned by BB Air Inc., of Sandwich, MA and was piloted by, Jonathan Finch,  71, of Sandwich. Mr. Finch, a FAA Licensed Private Pilot, was uninjured.

A 72-year-old male passenger in the plane was also uninjured..

Officials advised the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Massachusetts Aeronautics Commission (MAC).

Chatham airport was temporarily closed until the aircraft was removed. 

Weather conditions at the airport at the time of this incident were clear and cold, with winds gusting 6-10 mph. 

Visibility was approximately 10 miles. There was no damage to runway 24. 

The aircraft was removed by Chatham Airport staff and normal airport operations and air traffic resumed at approximately 2:33 p.m. 

The incident information has been forwarded to the FAA and MAC for further investigation. 

Preliminary reports may indicate possible pilot error.

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