Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Piper PA-31-325 Navajo C/R, N59848, GV Air Inc: Incident occurred September 19, 2017 at Yeager Airport (KCRW), Charleston, West Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

 Aircraft on landing, gear collapsed.

GV Air Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N59848

Date: 19-SEP-17
Time: 19:55:00Z
Regis#: N59848
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A private plane had to make an emergency landing at Charleston’s Yeager Airport after experiencing mechanical problems with its nose gear.

A Piper PA-31-325 Navajo aircraft landed on its nose just before 4 p.m. Thursday after circling the airport for over an hour.

All three people on board were able to exit the aircraft safely. No one was hurt.

“They’re a little nervous, but they’re glad to be off and safe and away from the aircraft at this time,” said Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre. “I think this was the best outcome we could’ve had here today.”

The plane was removed from the runway just after 5 p.m. There was no significant damage to the plane. The runway was closed for less than an hour after landing. Only one commercial flight was diverted during that time.

The mechanical problem was first reported to Yeager’s Emergency Response Center at 2 p.m. Officials said the nose gear was at a 30 degree angle before landing.

Airport officials said the plane was flying from Frederick, Maryland to do aerial surveying in West Virginia. The aircraft is based out of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Sayre commended the pilot during a press conference moments after the successful landing.

“I thought that pilot did an excellent job at the pace he came in, the way he slowed it down and how he kept it back off the nose gear. I thought he did a really great job,” he said.

The airport was more prepared this time following a fatal cargo plane crash in May, Sayre said.

“We have contractors on standby now with bulldozers in case there’s an aircraft that runs off the runway over the hill. The woods are pretty think here we learned last time,” he said. “We changed our emergency plan and we prepared for that this time.”

Sayre said the plane only used about 2,000 feet of runway out of Yeager’s 6,800 foot runway.

The three people on board were taken to the Executive Air terminal. The Federal Aviation Administration plans to interview the pilot about the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://wvmetronews.com

After burning off excess fuel for two hours to reduce risk of a possible fire, the pilot of a twin-engine aircraft with malfunctioning nose landing gear and two passengers on board made a safe emergency landing at Charleston’s Yeager Airport on Tuesday as fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles lined the runway.

Ten minutes before the landing, the Piper PA-31-325 Navajo flew past Yeager’s control tower to allow Federal Aviation Administration personnel to verify if the nose gear failed to deploy, as instruments aboard the aircraft indicated. After receiving word that the gear was only about 30 percent down, the pilot circled the airport a final time and began a landing approach. At about 4 p.m., the aircraft’s rear gear touched down and the aircraft traveled on an even plane down the runway for several hundred yards before decelerating enough to cause the nose gear to contact the runway. A moment later, the plane nosed down and the aircraft pitched forward and came to an abrupt but safe upright stop after using less than one third of Yeager’s runway.

Within a few seconds, an aircraft door opened and two young men in T-shirts and shorts exited the plane and jogged to a nearby fire truck parked along the runway. The man apparently piloting the plane joined them a few seconds later. No injuries were reported.

“I was told the people on board were a little nervous, but glad to be safely off the aircraft,” Terry Sayre, Yeager’s executive director, said a few minutes after the emergency landing.

The identities of the pilot and passengers weren’t immediately known. According to its tail numbers, the aircraft was registered to GV Air Inc in Jersey City, New Jersey, Sayre said.

The pilot was expected to be interviewed by an FAA investigator, who was on the scene at the time of the landing.

Yeager officials said the aircraft was in the process of returning to Frederick, Maryland, its point of departure, after completing an aerial survey job over West Virginia when its instruments indicated a problem with the nose gear.

After the landing, Yeager’s runway remained closed for about 55 minutes while the aircraft was towed from the site and the pavement was swept for debris. One commercial flight had to be diverted before the runway was declared open by FAA officials.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wvgazettemail.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The runways at Yeager Airport have reopened after a private plane made an emergency landing earlier Tuesday afternoon, the airport reports.

The Piper PA-31-325 Navajo aircraft was experiencing mechanical issues with its nose landing gear, but the pilot managed to touch down safely around 4 p.m.

All three people on the plane managed to escape safely. There was no fire.

According to an airport release, the plane was en route to Frederick, Maryland, where the flight had originated earlier. The team had completed an aerial surveying job in West Virginia.

The runway was closed about 55 minutes as the runway was cleared. One commercial flight was diverted.

Yeager Airport Director Terry Sayre said the pilot made the best of a difficult situation.

"I thought the pilot did an excellent job at the pace he came in and the way he slowed it down and how he kept it back off the nose gear," Sayre said. "I thought he did a really, really great job."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A private plane landed safely Tuesday afternoon at Yeager Airport, despite an unconventional touch down that caused the aircraft to pitch forward onto its nose.

All three occupants escaped without injury just before 4 p.m.

About 2 p.m. Tuesday, Yeager Airport's Emergency Response Center was notified that a Piper PA Twin Engine Aircraft was experiencing mechanical difficulties with its nose landing gear.

Several emergency vehicles awaited the plane, which had taken off from Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Piper PA-31-325 Navajo aircraft circled the airport repeatedly to burn off fuel before it touched down.

Yeager Airport reports the plane landed with the gear at a 30-degree angle. It did not flip over after touch down.

Runways at the airport will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, according to the airport. Firefighters remained nearby the aircraft until it was no longer considered to be flammable.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.wsaz.com

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