Thursday, May 4, 2017

Cessna T210M Turbo Centurion, N6303B: Accident occurred May 03, 2017 in Claremont, Sullivan County, New Hampshire

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine 

Aircraft landed with nose gear extended only.  

Date: 03-MAY-17

Time: 18:27:00Z
Regis#: N6303B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

CLAREMONT — A pilot in a Cessna 210 landed safely without any injuries on Wednesday afternoon at the airport in Claremont after having issues with his landing gear.

Roger Hamel, one of the managers of the Claremont Municipal Airport, was at the landing on Wednesday, May 3. Hamel said Wednesday’s incident at the Claremont airport was a “very good” landing.

“Anytime you can walk away,” he said. “He did very well. I don’t think the prop hit (the runway).”

Hamel said the pilot, who he is familiar with but could not name, lives in Lebanon and is experienced.

The pilot shut off all power to the plane before he landed, Hamel said.

Several Claremont Police officers, three Claremont Fire Department units, a Claremont Utility truck and Golden Cross Ambulance answered a call for assistance to the airport at approximately 2 p.m.

Claremont Fire Chief Richard Bergeron said in a press release that the plane was based in Lebanon, and was on a return flight from Nashua when the pilot, John Wilson, reported that he was unable to lower the plane’s landing gear.

Firefighters and emergency personnel waited, fully suited up, as the small plane circled the airport and touched down on the runway, without catching fire, though it appeared slightly tilted as it came to a stop.

Bergeron said that after trying to resolve the issue in the air, the pilot attempted the landing with only the nose landing gear extended. A small gasoline leak was controlled and cleaned up by firefighters.

Once the plane had come to a full stop at 2:24 p.m. and the pilot had exited, emergency personnel at the Cessna confirmed over the radio communications system that the pilot had “no injury, no problem.”

Airport personnel will tow the plane with a dolly, and it will be repaired on site in Claremont, Hamel said.

Hamel said it has been six or seven years since a plane has landed in Claremont with landing gear trouble, and that pilot had one wheel up. About 10 years ago, landing gear on an incoming airplane had fully collapsed at the end of the runway, he said.

The NH Bureau of Aeronautics was notified, along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Federal and state authorities are set to examine the plane Thursday.

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