Monday, December 28, 2020

Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain, N3588C: Incident occurred December 28, 2020 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 

Aircraft indicated gear trouble and landed with gear retracted. 

Paris Air Inc

Date: 28-DEC-20
Time: 20:50:00Z
Regis#: N3588C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

VERO BEACH, Florida — A pilot crash-landed a plane on a runway after its landing gear malfunctioned while flying into Vero Beach Regional Airport, officials said.

An Indian River County Fire Rescue official said the pilot was the only person on the plane and was uninjured.

Battalion Chief Kyle Kofke said the eight-passenger, twin-engine plane "basically slid on its belly" into Runway 4 of the airport.

Firefighters gathered at the runway around 3:30 p.m. ahead of the landing after the pilot notified the air traffic control tower of the problem with the landing gear roughly seven (7) miles out from the airport.

Kofke said there were no flames or smoke caused from the landing, and that it was a "great job by the pilot."

He said information about the pilot was not available and that the Federal Aviation Administration was looking into the malfunction.

Airport officials were unable to be reached by phone Monday evening.

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