Friday, November 10, 2017

Cessna 180 Skywagon, N6547A: Incident occurred November 10, 2017 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham  

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA039
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 10, 2017 in Panama City, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N6547A

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on landing, flipped over.

Date: 10-NOV-17
Time: 17:05:00Z
Regis#: N6547A
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A few tense moments at a local airport Friday after a crash landing caused some commotion.

"I was sitting out in the truck trying to make something for my partner and a plane flew in," witness Jacob Castille said.

While working on a new plane hanger Friday morning at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Castille said he saw something unusual.

"I guess the wind caught the tail [of the plane] and it just flipped over onto the front," Castille said.

What he saw was a Cessna 185 plane crash landing on the airport's runway.

"Well, we had a little incident involving a small aircraft on landing. We've got a little bit of gusty wind and the plane had a little trouble navigating the wind on touchdown," Deputy Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Richard McConnell said.

According to airport officials, a side wind on the runway caused the pilot to have a difficult time sticking his landing.

"It's a tail dragger and it is... sometimes they get a little difficult to navigate when you're in the wind," McConnel explained.

"I've never seen that before so it was kind of something new," Castille said. "It was scary."

Witnesses said the crash was not like one would expect.

"It happened really slow actually, surprisingly for as fast as a plane would go. It really flipped over kinda slow," Castille described. 'You didn't really hear that much like it wasn't really that loud. It was actually kinda quiet. I mainly just looked over and just happened to catch a glimpse of a white airplane just flipping over."

"It's something that's not overly common, but it is something we prepare for and you can see the staff, the fire department, were very capable, very ready to respond," McConnell said.

Airport officials said the only passenger, the pilot, was not injured in the crash.

They have since cleared the runway and it is back up and running.

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PANAMA CITY – The main runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport was closed for nearly two hours late Friday morning after a Cessna 185 plane had an “incident” upon landing and flipped over on the runway.

The pilot was not injured, said Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. A crane had to be brought in to flip the plane over and clear the runway, which was opened back up at about 1 p.m.

Delta flight 1733 from Atlanta that was scheduled to land while the cleanup was going on and had to be diverted to Tallahassee for a landing.

McClellan said the airport had to call a wrecker company to flip over the plane.

“That is part of our emergency response,” he said, noting that the airport had to get FAA clearance to remove the plane from the runway.

McClellan said he did not have the pilot’s name readily available.

“I was told it was not a local airplane,” McClellan said.

The pilot’s wife was waiting in the Sheltair Aviation hangar for private pilots.

She didn’t want to talk about the incident.

“We are private people,” she said.

Original article ➤

Panama City Beach, Fla. - A plane crash temporarily shut down the runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Friday.

The Cessna 185 flipped over and was upside down. A wrecker crew was on scene at 12:30 p.m. trying to remove the plane from the runway. 

It's unclear if anyone was injured in the crash. Airport officials are expected to release more information about the incident this afternoon.  

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