Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cessna 310G, N8957Z, Zero Energy Aviation LLC: Accident occurred September 01, 2017 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Zero Energy Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA340
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 2017 in Broomfield, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 310G, registration: N8957Z
Injuries: 2 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 September 1, 2017, about 1515 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 310 airplane, N8957Z, sustained substantial fuselage damage during a landing gear collapse during landing on runway 30R at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport(BJC), near Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Zero Energy Aviation, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a training flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Boulder Municipal Airport(BDU), Boulder, Colorado, about 1315.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (CBS4) – A pilot and his trainee say they’re lucky to be alive after putting their plane down at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport without the landing gear working properly.

Davide Picard was doing training with his co-pilot. The two had gone to Greeley because of the long runway, but during the first landing attempt Picard felt a problem.

“I land on the gear, before I load put load onto it, I feel for it, and it didn’t feel right,” Picard said. “I knew right away we had a collapsed main.”

Picard tried another landing, then flew to Boulder and tried two more landings but felt the right side continue to give out.

“Then I knew I had to go to Jeffco (RMMA) and we were going to ditch this plane,” Picard said. “I knew landing in the grass if anything would be way better.”

The two flew the plane until it had just a few drops of fuel left. On the final approach the right engine ran out of fuel.

“I’m trying to just come in as slow as possible. I touchdown on the left felt it, touched again, and then boom it collapsed but see how I lifted the wing. The fuel is all in those tanks, had I scraped those, boom like a bomb,” Picard told CBS4.

“And realizing that wow this worked, it all worked,” he said.

Picard is getting his plane inspected but expects it to be totaled. He hopes the Cessna 310G is salvageable so he can rebuild the plane he’s flown in almost daily since 1982.

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A pilot made an emergency landing Friday afternoon after his plane's landing gear malfunctioned at an airport in Broomfield, firefighters said.

"Hats off to the pilot who safely landed at Rocky Mtn Metro Airport after his landing gear malfunctioned," North Metro Fire said in a Tweet. "No injuries to pilot or passenger."

Sara Farris with North Metro said that the pilot radioed about his troubles and told the tower he was going to belly land the plane - which he did successfully. The plane is a Cessna 310G.

Brian Bishop with the airport said this pilot did everything right: he slowed the plane down, shut off the engine right before landing and caused only minimal damage to the plane. 

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