Friday, November 13, 2020

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N16TW: Incident occurred November 12, 2020 at John Wayne-Orange County Airport (KSNA), Santa Ana, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 12-NOV-20
Time: 00:09:00Z
Regis#: N16TW
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A light plane on November 11th, experienced technical issues while coming down at John Wayne Airport in Orange County and skidded across a runway, but no injuries were reported.

The Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche pilot reported trouble with the plane’s landing equipment to air traffic controllers while approaching the airport at about 4 p.m., JWA spokeswoman Deanne Thompson said.

Preliminary reports indicate one of its landing gears was only partially lowered as it made contact with the runway, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

The two people aboard the plane were not injured, Thompson said.

The runway it came down on is designated for light aircraft, and was closed until an Orange County Fire Authority crew moved the plane out of the way at about 6 p.m. However, planes were able to use other runways, and flight schedules were not affected by the closure.

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