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Piper PA-34-220T, N497SA: Accident occurred June 26, 2019 at University Park Airport (KUNV), State College, Centre County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA435
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in State College, PA
Aircraft: Piper PA34, registration: N497SA

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed.

Date: 26-JUN-19
Time: 17:47:00Z
Regis#: N497SA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA34
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A Piper PA-34-220T went off the runway and into nearby grass at University Park Airport Wednesday afternoon after a hard landing caused the plane to collapse its landing gear.

EMS, Hazmat and Penn State police responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. for a report of an aircraft that had “bounced off the runway,” according to 911 dispatch.

The four passengers on board the Piper PA-34-220T were not injured and left the airport afterward, according to Penn State Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Wyatt DuBois. No fuel leaked as a result of the incident, he said.

Airport personnel alerted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which authorized the removal of the aircraft, he said.

The runway was closed to planes for nearly two hours while crews cleaned up. As a result of the closure, one incoming flight was rerouted and two outgoing flights have been delayed, he said.

The plane had come into University Park from the Westover Metropolitan Airport near Springfield, Massachusetts, according to the flight-tracking website

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A few flights were delayed after a small plane landed hard and went off the runway Wednesday afternoon at University Park Airport.

Four people were aboard the Piper PA-34-220T but no one was injured, a Penn State spokesperson said.

The plane, which according to flight records departed Springfield/Chicopee, Mass. at 11:19 a.m., was cleared for landing by the University Park Airport tower at about 1:20 p.m. The plane bounced several times, collapsing its landing gear and causing it to slide off the runway into the grass.

Hazmat, EMS and fire units were dispatched to the scene as a precaution. No fuel leakage occurred, the spokesperson said.

Airport personnel notified the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, which gave authorization to remove the plane at about 2:15 p.m.

The plane was towed off the runway by about 3 p.m.

The runway was closed to incoming and outgoing planes for about two hours, though the airport remained open and Life Flight helicopter was still able to take off and land.

One inbound flight was diverted and two outbound flights were delayed.

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A runway at State College’s University Park Airport was closed for about two hours Wednesday after an incoming plane “experienced a hard landing," a spokeswoman said.

No one was injured in the landing, she said.

It was about 1:25 p.m. when the Piper PA-34-220T landed poorly at the airport on Fox Hill Road, according to a statement shared by Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers.

In the incident, the plane’s landing gear collapsed, causing it to move from the runway into a nearby grassy area, the statement said.

At the time, four people were on the plane. They were not injured, and none of the plane’s fuel leaked, according to the statement.

“Penn State Police responded to the scene as a precaution,” the statement read, adding that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board also were informed.

Officials with those organizations eventually authorized the plane’s removal, the statement said.

After the two hour closure, the runway reopened but not before one flight was rerouted and two others were delayed, according to the statement.

“Life Flight helicopters were still able to take off and land,” the statement read.

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UPDATE: 3:03 p.m. The plane has been taken from the runway.

It was a Piper PA-34-220T with four passengers coming in from Springfield, Massachusetts. No injuries were reported and the runway is open again with American and Delta flights beginning to board.

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania (WTAJ) — Initial reports are that a twin-engine plane bounced off the runway at University Park airport when trying to land.

An incoming flight was diverted to the Harrisburg Airport until it’s clear to return to University Park Airport.

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