Monday, April 30, 2018

Cessna R182 Skylane, N6078C: Incident occurred April 29, 2018 at Ernest A. Love Field Airport (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Prescott, Arizona

Gear collapse on landing.

North-Aire Aviation LLC:

Date: 29-APR-18
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: 6078C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Two passengers of a Cessna R182 Skylane declared an emergency while flying above the Prescott Municipal Airport - Ernest A. Love Field Airport Sunday afternoon, April 29. The aircraft gear indicator light would not show that the landing gear was down.

Prescott Air Traffic Control relayed the information to Prescott’s dispatch center and an Alert 2 (in-flight emergency) response was put together by the Prescott Fire Department (PFD), according to a news release.

Two regular firefighter engines, a foam engine, a battalion chief and a LifeLine Ambulance responded to the scene, according to PFD Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.

The Cessna R182 Skylane did a couple low flybys so firefighters could visually check the landing gear. It appeared the gear was down, but it was unclear if it was locked, Luedeman said.

The aircraft then circled the area for about 30 minutes to burn off fuel and then came in for a landing. Upon landing, its nose gear collapsed and the incident was upgraded to an Alert 3 (accident happened), PFD reported.

There was no fire or fuel leak, and both occupants were able to walk away without injury. Parts of Prescott Airport were closed for most of the afternoon after the incident until the aircraft could be removed and the runway inspected for damage.

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