FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
AIRCRAFT LANDED SHORT OF THE RUNWAY AND THE GEAR COLLAPSED, KILLEEN, TEXAS.
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
A small, single-engine aircraft crashed at Killeen’s Skylark Field on Tuesday morning, according to a release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
DPS helped to secure the scene until airport staff received permission from federal authorities to clear the scene in order to resume normal operations, according to the release.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft landed short of runway 19 at the field, and the left side landing gear collapsed.
The pilot is a student at Central Texas College’s flight school and was alone in the cockpit.
According to CTC spokesman Bruce Vasbinder, this is the first incident the school has had in 11 years. The last incident occurred when landing gear failed to come down due to a mechanical issue.
The extent of the damage to the aircraft is still unknown, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that it was waiting on a report from the FAA with the extent of the damage to the aircraft before deciding whether to launch its own investigation.
The crash came just a day after equipment, trucks and personnel were removed from Killeen Fire Station No. 4, which is at Skylark Field. The move was made because the station was only used three times in the last 12 months. A truck and equipment were sent to Fire Station No. 3 about 2.4 miles away, because the station was no longer required to have firefighters on-site by the FAA.
The relocation impacted arrival time by a few minutes, according to Killeen spokeswoman Hilary Shine. An aircraft, fire and rescue truck staffed by a firefighter with prior experience came from Fire Station No. 3. There was no fire on the scene.