Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beechcraft 99, Wiggins Airways: Incident occurred September 20, 2017 at Northern Maine Regional Airport at Presque Isle (KPQI), Aroostook County, Maine

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 20-SEP-17
Time: 13:42:00Z
Regis#: WIG1046
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 99
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: PRESQUE ISLE
State: MAINE




UPDATE: The airport has just re-opened. However, the main runway is still closed. The owners of the aircraft are currently on their way to Presque Isle to take care of the aircraft.

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At approximately 11:00 Wednesday morning there was an emergency landing at the Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle. A United States Postal Service Carrier was flying a Wiggins aircraft when he realized that his landing gear was not working.

The pilot, Eric Albright contacted the airport where all of the emergency departments were put on alert including the Presque Isle Fire and Police department. Albright, did a flyby to determine what exactly the situation was underneath the aircraft. Albright flew around until all of his fuel was gone and then made his emergency landing.

The fire department laid down foam so there was no fire or smoke. Albright was the only person on board and was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center to be checked out but is presumed to be okay.

At this point in time the Northern Maine Regional Airport is closed. Kim Smith who is the Public Information Officer says they do not know when the airport will reopen, but it is closed until they are able to get the airplane off of the runway have everything secure.

Smith says if people do have flights scheduled for today to call ahead for more information on their flight.

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

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