Monday, October 22, 2018

Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N29VP: Incident occurred October 20, 2018 at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR), Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

Lost wheel on departure returned and landed gear up.

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Date: 20-OCT-18
Time: 19:51:00Z
Regis#: N29VP
Aircraft Model: AERO L39C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Incredible video captured the moment a small plane made an emergency landing in Stratford on Saturday.

Miraculously everyone is okay who was on the L-39 Albatros, a military-type jet.

First responders raced to Sikorsky Memorial Airport after receiving the call the aircraft was in trouble.

“After we got into position, tower directed him to land. The pilot did a great job. He dropped it down on its belly and did a spectacular job getting it down safely,” said Deputy Chief Ron Rolfe, Bridgeport Fire.

Amazingly firefighters tell us the two people on-board were able to get out themselves and are okay.

They were met on the runway by emergency responders from the airport, Stratford and Bridgeport.

“This was really an excellent collaboration of the mutual aid response. This really could not have gone any better,” said Michelle Muoio, airport manager.

Airport staff reveal the plane despite its Navy markings is privately owned.

During takeoff from Sikorsky, we’re told the experienced pilot realized the plane had apparently lost a piece of its landing gear, circled until emergency crews were ready and then pulled off the tricky landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and try to figure out what went wrong.

The airport hopes to open the runway as soon as possible.

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  1. Great job flying by the pilot!

    Why is that clown from the fire department spraying foam without being in full protective fire fighting equipment? Inexcusable in this day and age.... Be safe and professional.... ALWAYS!

    Steven Frost

    1. He’s spraying the airplane with water mr perfect. Not foam.

  2. That clown is not from the volunteer fire department, he's a member of the Good Ole Boys Club at KBDR.

  3. Needs moar first responders.

  4. You are an idiot.... That clown is spraying AFFF foam... No reason to spray water except to further contaminate the area... If you are going to engage in emergency response act the part and be professional...Wear full protective equipment...ALWAYS! Its that type of old school thinking that gets people hurt and killed....

    Steven Frost

  5. Mr. Steven Frost, if you are so aligned with professionalism, why do you feel the need to call people idiots and clowns? Is that professional? It would be just as easy to explain your point of view on safety without the childish insults.

  6. I suspect a lot of foam and water wound up in the cockpit.

    Reminds me to close the canopy and shut the doors before the fire truck lets loose.