Friday, April 28, 2017

IAI 1124 Westwind, Pilot Leasing Inc, N4WG: Incident occurred April 28, 2017 at Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (KSRQ), Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa

Date: 28-APR-17
Time: 20:58:00Z
Regis#: N4WG
Aircraft Model: WW 1124
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

Sarasota  -   A plane made an emergency landing at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport on Friday evening.

The IAI 1124 Westwind was missing a wheel, according to Mark Stuckey, the airport’s senior vice president and chief operating officer said, which complicated the landing. The call came in just before 5 p.m.

The plane circled over the Gulf of Mexico to burn fuel before landing at SRQ around 5:45 p.m. The idea, Stuckey said, is to burn fuel so if there is a fire when the plane lands, there is less fuel to burn.

When the plane landed, it touched down in the center of the runway. It began to drift to the left and sparks flew from the area of the missing left rear landing gear.

The plane drifted toward the left side of the runway into the turf. Emergency vehicles pulled up to the plane as four people, three men and one woman, could be seen running out of the plane’s door.

Stuckey said there was no fire but crews were on site. Firefighters could be seen in a helicopter video from WFLA checking out the plane.

Stuckey was unaware of any injuries as of approximately 6:30 p.m.

The plane was originally scheduled to land in Tampa after taking off from Belize, according to

The pilot did a flyby at SRQ to see what was wrong with the plane before landing .

A crane will be required to remove the plane from the runway, according to FOX 13.

The plane is owned by Pilot Leasing Inc., our of Carson City, Nev., according to

Story and video:

(WFLA) – A IAI 1124 Westwind plane made a dramatic emergency landing at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport on Friday afternoon.

Eagle 8 was over the scene when the plane landed and Eagle 8 photographer Paul Lamison explained what was happening, live as the plane approached the airport.

The IAI 1124 Westwind had taken off from Belize. Shortly after takeoff, the pilot was notified that a wheel had fallen off the plane.

According to an airport spokesperson, the pilot felt the plane was still safe to fly, so he continued to Florida.

The plane notified the control tower about a possible problem concerning a missing tire

The pilot conducted a flyby maneuver after arriving in Sarasota and the control tower confirmed a wheel was missing.

The IAI 1124 Westwind plane then began circling the airport to dump fuel. The plane landed and sparks could be seen from one of the back wheels.

The plane spun off the runway after making a complete landing. Occupants could be seen getting out of the plane and running to safety.

Fire engines were on standby for the emergency landing. No one was injured but the plane’s occupants were shaken.

Three men and one women were on board the IAI 1124 Westwind plane.

The plane is based out of Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota.

Story and video:

SARASOTA-BRADENTON (WWSB) - A plane has made an emergency landing at the Sarasota-Bradenton International airport, after officials say one of its wheels came off.

President and CEO of SRQ, Rick Piccolo, announced Friday around 6 p.m., that the pilot was circling the airport several times, trying to figure out how to land before attempting the descent.

The IAI 1124 Westwind plane landed on the runway before skidding off onto the grass, but other than a shaky landing it appears that there were no injuries.

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