Thursday, July 28, 2016

Piper PA-28RT-201T Turbo Arrow IV, N2157M: Incident occurred July 28, 2016 at Stevens Point Municipal Airport (KSTE), Portage County, Wisconsin

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 28-JUL-16

Time: 13:45:00Z
Regis#: N2157M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: Wisconsin

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- An electrical panel failure forced a small plane to make an emergency landing at Stevens Point Municipal Airport Thursday morning.

The airport's assistant manager tells NewsChannel 7 a plane took off around 8:30 a.m. A few minutes later there was an electrical failure.

The pilot made a quick emergency landing without landing gear. The pilot and his wife got out of the plane safely.

The plane has some exterior damage, including propellor damage.

Stevens Point Municipal Airport Assistant Manager Jeff Graboski says the situation could have been much worse, had the pilot not made a textbook landing.

"It could have been worse, absolutely. Anytime there's an aircraft that's landing without wheels, obviously that's a big deal. It doesn't happen very often but occasionally this stuff happens and typically guys are trained and understand their airplane enough to get it on the ground safely."

The plane was cleared off the runway by 11:00 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Graboski says he believes the couple will have to stay in Stevens Point through the weekend until the FAA investigation can be done, and repairs can be made to the plane.

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Emergency crews say there were no injuries after a small airplane landed without its landing gear on Thursday morning.

The plane, a Piper Turbo Arrow, had just taken off from the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, according to one of the two passengers who was on the craft during the accident.

The woman, who asked to not be identified, said she and a male companion were residents of Phoenix, Ariz., and flew to Stevens Point a few days ago

“We had just taken off, we weren’t too far up yet,” the woman said. “Everything was fine until we lost electrical power. We never lost engine power but we still had to land — without our landing gear.”

The woman said the plane landed back on the runway and did not crash.

Along with the Stevens Point Police Dept., crews from the Stevens Point Fire Dept. and Portage Co. EMS responded. Johnson Towing, Nelson’s Trucking from Waupaca and a flatbed truck from Area Wide in Plainfield were all called in to assist returning to plane to a hangar.

No injuries or fire were reported.


STEVENS POINT - A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing without a landing gear Thursday morning at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.

Two people were inside the plane at the time, but both made it out safely and were not hurt, according to David Briggs, a firefighter and paramedic with the Stevens Point Police Department.

The incident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m., and involved a plane skidding on the runway without a landing gear, Briggs said. The exterior of the plane was damaged from the emergency landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.


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