Monday, April 18, 2016

Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N531GS, Archer Bravo Aviation: Incident occurred April 17, 2016 at Lenawee County Airport (KADG), Adrian, Michigan


Date: 17-APR-16
Time: 17:45:00Z
Regis#: N531GS
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Activity: Instruction
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23
State: Michigan


MADISON TWP.-- A private airplane made an emergency belly landing Sunday at the Lenawee County Airport.

The PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III landed at about 1 p.m. without injuries, according to airport manager Joe Malak.

 Dan Thomas, who lives near the airport and witnessed the incident, described it as a “miracle landing.”

“It’s actually in my back yard so I see the planes land quite often, and this one didn’t quite sound right and caught my ear,” Thomas said.

“I was sitting in the chair in the living room. We had the windows open, and I heard this screeching of metal. My wife and both were asking ‘What was that?’ We looked out the window and the plane was just finishing its slide.”

“Whoever the pilot was, he did a damned fine job landing that aircraft,” Thomas added.

Malak said it was a training airplane from Ann Arbor with an instructor and a student aboard. They reported that their landing gear light was green, indicating that the gear was deployed.

Malak said federal aviation officials came to the site.

“They haven't made a determination why the gear hadn't come down,” Malak said.

The runway was closed but Malak said a grass runway stayed open.

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