Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cessna 210L Centurion, N732FJ, IRF LLC: Accident occurred July 11, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (KAVP), Avoca, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:


NTSB Identification: ERA17LA239
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA
Aircraft: CESSNA 210L, registration: N732FJ
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 11, 2017, about 1110 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 210L, N732FJ, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), Avoca, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by I.R.F. LLC. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that departed Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), Morristown, New Jersey, and was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that the flight was a charity flight to pick up a patient at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After takeoff from MMU, the pilot placed the gear handle in the UP position; the gear started to retract, but the cycle never completed. He attempted to recycle the gear back into the down position without success. The hydraulic gear pump operated, but the gear did not move. The pilot then attempted to use the manual emergency landing gear hand pump; however, there was no resistance and he thought that there was no hydraulic fluid in the system.

After calling maintenance over the radio and discussing the situation, the pilot and maintenance agreed that there was no hydraulic fluid and no corrective action that could be taken. The pilot then diverted to AVP. While in the airport traffic pattern at AVP, he performed a flyby of the control tower who observed and reported that the gear appeared to be down but not locked. After landing on runway 22, the left main landing gear collapsed; the airplane skidded along the runway on the main landing gear door until it collapsed. The airplane then tilted to the left and skidded to a stop.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector who responded to the accident site reported that the left stabilizer, left elevator, and left wingtip was substantially damaged.

According to pilot, the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on July 19, 2016. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accrued approximately 6,720 hours of total time. The engine had accrued approximately 1,465 hours of operation since major overhaul.

The wreckage was removed and transported to a maintenance facility for further examination a later date.

A single-engine plane on its way to Philadelphia made an emergency landing Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

The Cessna C210 Centurion was on its way from Morristown Municipal Airport in New Jersey to Northeast Philadelphia Airport when the pilot found the plane was having trouble with its landing gear, said Carl Beardsley, director of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.

The plane, carrying three people, at 10:43 a.m. changed course to Pittston Twp. — which was closer than its destination, has a longer runway than some smaller airports around the region and has an emergency response team.

“When they got here, they wanted to be sure the landing gear was going down and locking in place,” Beardsley said. “They did a fly-by near the tower. They told (the pilot) only two of three wheels were locking in place.”

The pilot managed to successfully land on the runway, setting down on the two functional wheels.

When the aircraft slowed down, it fell toward the wheel that didn’t lock in place, Beardsley said.

No one was injured; Beardsley described the damage to the Centurion as minimal.

The airport deployed its emergency response team to assist and clear the runway, which was shut down for about 45 minutes.

The airplane represented a nonprofit organization that takes patients who can’t afford to travel to medical facilities, Beardsley said.

The Centurion hadn’t picked up its patient yet.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the incident, agency spokesman Jim Peters said.

AVOCA, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  The Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport in Avoca is closed for an investigation.

Just before 11 am a plane made an emergency landing at the airport.

No one was injured.

Three crew members were on board.

The plane is used to transport medical patients from Morristown, New Jersey to Philadelphia.

No patients were on board.

The plane according to officials had trouble with it's landing gear.

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