FAA Flight Standards District Office: Denver
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, NOSE GEAR COLLAPSED AND FLIPPED OVER, FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: FORT COLLINS
Two people walked away uninjured Sunday after their single-engine airplane flipped over on landing at the Loveland airport, according to the airport director.
The plane, a Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, "impacted the terrain and essentially flipped over on impact," said Jason Licon, director of the Northern Colorado Regional Airport. The accident occurred just before 3:55 p.m. Sunday, he said.
Licon said he couldn't speculate about what caused the accident. Investigating the incident is the job of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, he said.
Licon met with two FAA inspectors Monday morning, he said, but doesn't expect the NTSB to send anyone to Loveland because of the relatively minor nature of the accident.
The Cessna came to rest on a grassy area about 20 feet off the side of the airport's main runway, in the northwest section of the property, he said.
"There was significant damage to the plane because of the way it came to rest," Licon said. The 1984 Cessna landed on its top and had a broken nose wheel and propeller and damage to the tail, he said.
The pilot and one passenger didn't suffer any injuries, Licon said.
The weather was "decent" when he responded to the incident, Licon said, although he hasn't looked at weather records to check for anomalies.
According to the automated weather station at the airport, the sky was clear with a visibility of at least 10 miles, a 12 mph east wind and a temperature of 57 degrees at 3:56 p.m.
The airplane's owner was the pilot at the time of the crash, he said. According to the Federal Aviation Administration's website, the plane is registered to Alan Frohbieter of Superior. Frohbieter didn't return a message left at his work Monday.
According to the FlightAware website, which records instrument flight rules flight plans, the plane left the Santa Fe Municipal Airport in New Mexico at 1:54 p.m. Sunday and landed in Loveland 1 hour and 59 minutes later. The website also said the plane flew from Loveland to Santa Fe on Saturday morning.
Licon said the airport was closed for two hours while crews removed the craft from the runway area.
The government investigation will determine whether to term the event an "incident" or an "accident," he added.