Saturday, June 01, 2019

Beechcraft F33A Bonanza, N6691D: Incident occurred May 31, 2019 at Santa Maria Public Airport (KSMX), Santa Barbara County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 31-MAY-19
Time: 17:01:00Z
Regis#: N6691D
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 33
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

The runway at the Santa Maria Public Airport was shut down for two hours after a plane landed on its belly when its wheels failed to engage Friday morning.  

Around 10 a.m, a small single-engine plane landed on its belly due to an issue with its landing gear, said Chris Hastert, manager of the Santa Maria Public Airport. 

It's not clear if the landing gear was not engaged or if the gear was engaged but the wheels collapsed upon landing, Hastert said. As a result, officials closed the runway until the plane could be moved. 

Hastert said the runway was reopened around noon, and that neither of the two people in the plane were injured. 

Santa Maria Fire Department and Guadalupe Police both responded to the incident. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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