Monday, November 04, 2019

Piper PA-28R-200, N111AE: Incident occurred November 02, 2019 at Braden Airpark (N43) Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 02-NOV-19

Time: 18:32:00Z
Regis#: N111AE
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A single-engine plane came down on its belly Saturday afternoon at Braden Airpark in Forks Township.

The pilot was alone in the cockpit and uninjured, according to a Northampton County 911 dispatch supervisor and an official at the Sullivan Trail airport.

The name of the pilot was not immediately available.

Forks Township police and fire responded immediately to the 2:30 p.m. incident, along with Suburban EMS as a precaution.

Township Supervisor Erik Chuss said he was at the airport when he noticed the plane approaching without its retractable landing gear. The plane disappeared behind some parked cars and trailers and then he heard the metal rake across the ground.

“It’s never a fun sound to hear,” said Chuss, a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 70 at Braden and a plane owner. The pilot was flying into Braden from a private airstrip in New Jersey, Chuss said.

It was not immediately clear if the landing gear did not deploy due to a mechanical failure or pilot error.

“It’s actually not that uncommon for gear-up landings,” Chuss said, noting that damage to the plane “was fairly minimal.”

Braden was busy Saturday as a remote parking area and shuttle stop for PA Bacon Fest, and Braden Airpark continued to operate following the emergency response.

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