Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grumman AA-5B Tiger, N81158, Huber Aviation LLC: Incident occurred June 08, 2017 in Naples, Collier County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Huber Aviation LLC:

Aircraft force landed on a golf course.  

Date: 08-JUN-17
Time: 16:28:00Z
Regis#: N81158
Aircraft Make: GRUMMAN
Aircraft Model: AA5B
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

A plane that experienced mechanical problems landed on a fairway near the first tee Thursday at the Naples Grande Golf Club just south of Golden Gate Parkway in Naples.

Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies and aviation units responded to the golf club shortly after 12:40 p.m.

The pilot had flown from Fort Lauderdale to Naples Municipal Airport and was on his way back to the east coast when the plane's engine began to fail, according to Michelle Batten, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman. The pilot tried to turn back to the Naples airport but couldn't make it, Batten said.  

Only the pilot was aboard, and no injuries were reported.

Original article can be found here:

NAPLES, Fla. An unusual hazard popped up Thursday on the fairway near the first tee at Naples Grande Golf Club.

A single-engine plane made an emergency landing just before 1 p.m. at the course on 7540 Golden Gate Parkway, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said. No one was hurt.

“It was a little bit scary there for a little while,” Naples Grande Golf Course Superintendent Scott McCoy said. “Pilot did a great job.”

The pilot was the only one on board, the sheriff’s office said. The plane flew into the Naples Municipal Airport from Fort Lauderdale and was headed back when it experienced engine failure, the sheriff’s office said. The pilot turned around and tried to make it back to Naples Municipal but only made it as far as the golf course.

“You could obviously tell the plane was malfunctioning,” McCoy said. “It was fluttering up and down and then just did a real good, soft controlled landing in the No. 1 fairway.”

The Grumman AA-5B Tiger is registered to Houston-based Huber Aviation LLC, which is owned by Rose C. Huber of Miami, Florida Department of State records show. It’s unclear if she was flying the plane.

The golf course wasn’t damaged, staff said.

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