Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania


Aircraft landed and the gear collapsed.

Date: 11-JUL-17
Time: 15:09:00Z
Regis#: N732FJ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C210
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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.

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