Saturday, January 04, 2020

Mooney M20C, N5543Q: Incident occurred January 02, 2019 at Cecil Airport (KVQQ), Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando

Aircraft reported difficulty lowering the landing gear and subsequently land gear up.

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Date: 02-JAN-20

Time: 20:38:00Z
Regis#: N5543Q
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — A single-engine aircraft made an emergency belly landing at Cecil Airport with two people on board Thursday afternoon.

According to airport spokesperson Debbie Jones, the plane's pilot declared a potential emergency when he discovered the plane’s landing gear would not deploy. 

The plane is a Mooney M20C. The pilot and his female passenger were en route from Tennessee, were planning to stop at St. Simons Island for lunch when they realized the landing gear was stuck. 

The pilot said he tried everything and contacted a Mooney mechanic while still in flight to troubleshoot. Ultimately, he ended up circling Cecil Airport for about a half-hour to burn fuel before it was brought down and quickly stopped.

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