Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Denver, Colorado
Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: P51
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: COLORADO SPRINGS
A Papa 51 Thunder Mustang aircraft made an emergency landing just before 9 a.m. Thursday on the west runway of the Colorado Springs Airport after its landing gear malfunctioned by not locking in place, airport spokesman Nate Lavin said.
The landing gear collapsed as the single-engine aircraft landed, damaging the gear but not the rest of the plane, Lavin said. The pilot wasn't injured and the aircraft wasn't carrying any passengers, he said. Both the Peterson Air Force Base and Colorado Springs fire departments responded to the incident, though the aircraft did not have a fuel leak or catch fire, he said.
The airport closed the west runway and is removing the aircraft so it can reopen, Lavin said. The airport's other two runways remain open.
The aircraft is based in Colorado Springs. The aircraft, built from a kit, is owned by John McCartney of Kingwood, Texas.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A pilot was forced to land with the plane's landing gear up at the Colorado Springs Airport Thursday morning.
The scanner traffic came in right before 9 a.m. saying: "All companies are responding to the jet center. We've got a caller calling on 911 saying a craft came in and crashed upon arrival."
The pilot of the Papa 51 Thunder Mustang was not injured. He made the call for help after he was unable to extend the wheels. They did eventually come out, but collapsed when the plane touched the ground.
The FAA and NTSB are still in the early stages of the investigation, so it's unclear how exactly the pilot was able to make it out safe.
"We're very fortunate for the pilot and the aircraft to have landed without a serious incident here at the airport. He did a great job making sure the aircraft landed safely," said Lavin.
The airport says the plane experienced a landing gear malfunction which only damaged the bottom of the plane. The west runway was closed for about two hours until the plane was removed.