Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cessna 310J, N3048L: Incident occurred August 26, 2018 at Morehead-Rowan County Airport (KSYM), Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Landed gear up.


Date: 26-AUG-18

Time: 16:03:00Z
Regis#: N3048L
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 310J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A family traveling toward an East Coast vacation had a wild ride on Sunday afternoon when their aircraft crash-landed at the Clyde A. Thomas Regional Airport.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported in the accident.

Ronnie Day, emergency management director, said a family of six was flying a six-passenger, twin-engine Cessna from Iowa to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for vacation.

Day said the Morehead airport was designated as the halfway point of the flight, in which the family intended to stop, rest, and enjoy a picnic lunch.

The director said that speaking with the father and long-time pilot about what happened, he stated that as he began to land, his plane’s lights all indicated that his landing gear was down and they were safe to land.

As he got closer to the runway, however, he noticed that the gear in fact had not deployed and it was too late.

The airplane did not have the speed to abort the landing attempt so the pilot landed the aircraft on its belly as it skid nearly 200 feet down the runway.

“The pilot did a great job in keeping everyone safe. The plane barely left the center of the runway,” Day said.

The director said although the father was upset about the crash, the remaining family, including two small children, were not hurt and were talking to emergency officials after the accident.

Day said although the plane is still intact, the engine’s two props are severely bent and the undercarriage is completely mangled. He said the aircraft is most likely totaled.

“We are fortunate to not have had something much more serious,” Day said. “Thanks to great training the pilot has received and his long-time experience he prevented something that could have been much worse.”

Day said that accidents of this type are investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.


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