FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: LEGACY2000
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
AIRCRAFT LANDED GEAR UP AT A PRIVATE AIRSTRIP AT CLINE FALLS, NEAR REDMOND, OREGON.
REDMOND, Ore. - A Mississippi man who took off in his new Lancair kit plane from a private airstrip west of Redmond on Sunday said he didn’t like the way the aircraft sounded, so he quickly turned back and returned to the runway.
r, resulting in a crash-landing that damaged the plane but did not injure the pilot, who authorities said was alone in the cockpit.
Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies and a Redmond Fire Department crew was dispatched shortly after noon to the reported non-injury crash at the Cline Falls airstrip, a private runway off 7968 Northwest Eagle Drive, said sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Sullivan.
An investigation found that the pilot, Bernie Breen, 65, of Diamondhead, Mississippi, had taken off at the controls of a new Lancair Legacy, Sullivan said.
The pilot said he didn’t like the way the aircraft sounded shortly after takeoff, so he returned to the runway. But he inadvertently forgot to deploy the landing gear, causing the plane to land on its undercarriage and damaging the propeller, the sergeant said.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the incident and are investigating, Sullivan said.
A Mississippi pilot had a rough landing on a private air strip west of Redmond on Sunday, resulting in a report of a plane crash at the strip off Eagle Drive.
The pilot, Berni Breen, 65, of Diamondhead, Mississippi, returned to the runway shortly after takeoff because he “didn’t like the way the aircraft sounded,” according to a report from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
Breen inadvertently forgot to deploy the landing gear before landing and the plane landed on its undercarriage, damaging the propeller, according to the sheriff’s office.
Breen was alone in the 2016 Lancair Legacy aircraft at the time, and was not injured. No one on the ground was injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the incident and are investigating, according to the sheriff’s office.