Friday, April 28, 2017

Diamond DA20-C1, North Coast Flight School, N351DC: Incident occurred April 27, 2017 near Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field (KERI), Erie County, Pennsylvania




Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania 


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Aircraft force landed in a field near the approach end of the runway. 


Date: 27-APR-17

Time: 20:32:00Z
Regis#: N351DC
Aircraft Make: DIAMOND
Aircraft Model: DA20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: ERIE
State: PENNSYLVANIA


ERIE, Pa. -- A pilot is safe after making an emergency landing on a Millcreek Township golf course.

"The amount of skill that it took to do what he did is amazing, and I can't say enough about how proud I am of him," said Greg Hayes, owner of North Coast Flight School.

Hayes said the instructor, who he declined to identify, was flying alone in a “newer” two-seat Diamond DA20 on Thursday when the engine stalled around 4:30 p.m.

Approximately three-quarters of a mile away from the runway at Erie International Airport, where the flight school is located, the pilot was forced to land at the Millcreek Golf and Learning Center in the 3100 block of West 17th Street, west of Peninsula Drive.

"It was not an option to make it (to the airport) when the engine is out,” said Hayes, but “the aircraft will glide.”

Emergency crews from Millcreek Township and the airport arrived to find the pilot uninjured. West Lake Fire Chief Rick Schau said there was no one on ground in the area, because “the golf course is closed.”

He added, “there's talk of reopening it, but this is the old driving range of the golf course: wide-open, grassy area, no obstruction for an aircraft coming in, and this pilot took advantage of it."

Hayes said the flight instructors typically take hour-long trips, but he did not know long the pilot was in the air before encountering problems.

"I've been here for about 12, 13 years. We've never had a problem like this, but we do teach it on a daily basis.”

But it is not on a daily basis that motorists see a plane travelling down West 12th Street.

Officials determined the single-engine plane safe for transport. About 90 minutes after landing, the aircraft was hoisted onto a flatbed tow truck and escorted by police back to the airport.

"Considering what happened, I couldn't even dream of a better scenario than what the outcome here is," said Hayes.

Story and video:  http://www.yourerie.com



A 44-year-old Erie pilot was uninjured Thursday afternoon when engine failure forced him to make an emergency landing on the Millcreek Golf and Learning Center’s driving range in Millcreek Township near Erie International Airport.

The man safely landed his two-seat, single-engine, fixed-wing plane on the driving course just west of West 17th Street and Peninsula Drive at about 4:30 p.m. The aircraft came to a stop about one-quarter of a mile east of the eastern end of Erie International Airport’s main runway.

The pilot, who declined to give his name, said he was eastbound and on final approach to land at Erie International Airport when the engine on his Diamond DA20 aircraft stopped. He said he was about three-quarters of a mile from touching down when he experienced the engine failure.

“The last 10 to 15 seconds, I was trying to find somewhere to land and get the engine restarted,″ he said. “I’m glad this (golf driving range) was here.″

The pilot was the plane’s only occupant.

West Lake Fire Department personnel and Millcreek Township police responded, along with airport police and fire crews, after motorists saw the plane land on the driving range and alerted authorities.

West Lake Fire Chief Rick Schau said the aircraft is part of the North Coast Flight School training center’s fleet based at Erie International Airport.

“He had engine trouble and he knew he wasn’t going to make the airport runway, so this was the largest field in his flight path, and he set it down successfully on the golf course,″ Schau said. “He is a seasoned pilot.″

Crews towed the plane from the driving range to a flatbed towing wrecker, which took the plane to the North Coast Flight Center early Thursday evening, Schau said.

Story and video:  http://www.goerie.com



A small plane was forced to make an emergency landing at the Millcreek Golf Course Thursday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the golf course just after 4:30 p.m. for a plane down.

The two-seat private plane suffered engine failure but landed safely in the grass.

One person was on board at the time but was not hurt.

The plane did not appear to suffer any serious damage.

It landed about a quarter-mile away from the runway.

The pilot is an instructor at North Coast Flight School.

Story and video: http://www.erienewsnow.com

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