Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pilatus PC-12: Incident occurred December 31, 2017 at San Jose International Airport (KSJC), California

In this file image, crews install new, higher fencing around Mineta San Jose International Airport near Coleman Ave. in San Jose, California, April 9, 2015, following security breaches. On Sunday, December 31, 2017, a small plane landed safely at the airport after reporting gear problems upon approach. 

SAN JOSE — Fire trucks and firefighters met a small plane Sunday afternoon on the San Jose International Airport tarmac, after the pilot had reported gear problems when the aircraft was 15 minutes from landing.

“We respond with everything, with the fire trucks, operations — everybody responds,” said Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Vicki Day.

The distress call came in around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday. San Jose Fire Department firefighters responded, with a dispatcher reporting six people on board the plane.

The single-engine propeller aircraft, a Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12, landed safely with no injuries to anyone aboard or on the ground, Day said.

Because the plane was landing at a private facility within the airport, Day could not say what the gear problem was, or where the flight was coming from.

One of the two private flight-services companies operating at the airport, Atlantic Aviation, said the plane didn’t land at its facility.

The other, Signature Flight Support, would not confirm whether the flight landed at its facilities.

“We can’t release any information on that,” responded the man who answered the company’s airport-office phone.

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