FAA Flight Standards District Office: ST LOUIS FSDO
AIRCRAFT LANDED AND DURING TAXI, ALL 3 LANDING GEAR COLLAPSED, COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: BE55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
P.O. BOX 6015 COLUMBIA, MO 65205
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2017
CONTACT: Steven Sapp, Community Relations Director
Incident at Columbia Regional Airport
(COLUMBIA, MO) - Around 2:30 pm, a Beechcraft E-55 Baron aircraft which took off from Hook Field in Texas landed with four passengers on-board without incident at Columbia Regional Airport (COU).
Shortly after landing on runway 2-20, the aircraft turned onto taxiway B, traveled about 20 feet, and the gear then collapsed for an unknown reason.
Airport Public Safety personnel and vehicles responded and found the four occupants unharmed and exiting the aircraft. No fire occurred.
The aircraft was disabled in a safety area causing the closure of runway 2-20. The runway closure caused American Airline flight 3681, scheduled to depart COU to Dallas Fort-Worth at 2:31 pm to be delayed.
Units from the Columbia Fire Department responded with airbags normally used in vehicle extrication's and technical rescues, to lift the aircraft high enough for a tug to slide a tow bar underneath it.
Around 6:30 pm, the aircraft was towed to Central Missouri Aviation and runway 2-20 was opened. American Airlines flight 3681 was then boarded and should be departing for Dallas around 7:30 pm.
Late evening arrivals from Dallas and Chicago should not be affected by this incident.
Read more here: https://www.como.gov
COLUMBIA, Mo. - UPDATE: Four people on a twin engine aircraft were left unharmed after landing gear malfunctioned Monday afternoon.
The Beechcraft E-55 Baron had arrived around 2:30 p.m. from Hook Field in Texas.
According to City of Columbia Community Relations Director Steven Sapp, the reason is still unknown as to why the aircraft's landing gear collapsed after clearing the main runway.
One flight to Dallas Fort-Worth, American Airlines 3681, was delayed until 7:30 p.m. while crews worked to remove the aircraft.
The aircraft was towed around 6:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL STORY: Emergency crews are working to clear a small private plane from the tarmac at Columbia Regional Airport on Monday night after its landing gear collapses.
A request for help from the Columbia Fire Department to help lift the plane came out around 4:15 p.m.
The aircraft had cleared the main runway, when for unknown reasons its landing gear collapsed while taxiing near Central Missouri Aviation hanger.
The number of people on board the plane or if anyone was hurt wasn't immediately clear.
Crews were working to remove a private plane from a runway Monday evening at Columbia Regional Airport after its landing gear failed.
“He had a successful landing and turned to leave the runaway and his gear collapsed,” acting Airport Manager Mike Parks said.
There were no injuries.
Four people were in the aircraft when the gear failed at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Parks said the aircraft was in the runway safety area, which kept the airport’s main runway closed.
“There’s fuel in the aircraft and a lot of dangers there so it takes a while,” Parks said.
After the plane is removed, airport staff will inspect the runway to ensure there was no damage or debris left behind from the incident. He estimated the runway would reopen by 6:30 p.m.
A private plane ended up belly down on a runway at Columbia Regional Airport yesterday after its landing gear failed.
According to a press release from the airport, The twin engine aircraft had landed successfully, and was taxiing off the runway around 2:30 p.m. Monday when the gear failed and the plane collapsed to the ground. The four people on the plane were unharmed, and no fire occurred.
A commercial flight was delayed by about 5 hours while the plane was removed.