Sunday, June 4, 2017

Excalibur, N78DZ: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 near Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft force landed five (5) miles from the airport.

Date: 04-JUN-17
Time: 14:24:00Z
Regis#: N78DZ
Aircraft Make: EXCALIBUR
Aircraft Model: EXCALIBUR
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police say a small “handcrafted” airplane was forced into a “hard landing” near the Double Eagle Airport on Sunday after a piece of equipment broke. The pilot, the only person inside of the plane, was not injured.

Bernalillo County deputies initially described the incident as a plane crash, but a State Police spokeswoman later clarified that the experimental airplane was simply forced to land three miles from the airport around 9 a.m. Sunday. The plane sustained minor damage.

Bernalillo County deputy Joshua Campos said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit helped search the mesa area southwest of the airport in reference to a downed aircraft.

“The air unit located the plane and pilot without any injuries,” he said.

According to State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will conduct an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A small experimental plane made a hard landing Sunday morning near the Double Eagle Airport in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police say the airplane was located three miles southwest of the airport.

Officials say the pilot was forced to land after he discovered a piece of equipment on the airplane had broken.

The pilot walked away without any injuries.

No one else was on board.

Federal aviation authorities will be conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small “handcrafted” airplane that crashed about three miles southwest of the Double Eagle Airport sometime Sunday morning, according to New Mexico State Police.

Police said they were contacted at about 9 a.m. by U.S. Air Force officials about a possible downed aircraft in the area. NMSP officials, along with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area to find the plane and pilot, who was not injured.

There was no one else on the plane.

The pilot told police that he was forced to land after finding a piece of equipment on his plane was broken. Police said the plane suffered minor damage. 

Original article can be found here:

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