Friday, January 22, 2021

Pilatus PC12/45, N451SS: Incidents occurred January 21, 2021 and November 10, 2018

Incident occurred January 21, 2021 near Chicago O'Hare International Airport (KORD), Illinois

Boutique Air 
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A tire fell from the landing gear of a small plane and was found on the ground in the Jefferson Park neighborhood Thursday evening.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said at 6:19 p.m., airfield operations at O’Hare International Airport were notified of a small plane making sparks as it landed on Runway 28C. The sparks were coming from the landing gear on the left side of the aircraft.

The plane landed safely, and an emergency response began when it came to a stop. At that time, it was found that the left landing gear assembly was missing, the department said.

No injuries were reported, and the five passengers and two crewmembers were taken to Terminal 5.

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 was being flown by as a charter flight by Boutique Airlines and had been headed to Chicago from Ironwood, Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Police later responded to reports of missing airplane landing gear on the sidewalk on Leland Avenue between Central and Linder avenues.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported, the tire crashed right between two houses as it fell from the sky, and left neighbors with quite the scare.

The tire was not very big. But when it plummeted thousands of feet from the air, it no doubt forced people to wonder what the noise was.

That includes the Rose Bock. The senior didn’t realize the noise was from a plane’s tire until she spotted police in her front yard with flashlights.

Living so close to O’Hare means planes fly over all the time. But this one took everyone in neighborhood by surprise.

“It was a big boom! I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know if it was in my house – I checked the basement, everything; I didn’t really didn’t look outside,” Bock said. “She calls me and says, ‘They’re all by your house.’ He said: ‘There’s a tire. How did that tire get there?’”

“A tire is a tire coming from that high. it’s a scary situation, and after finding out what it was, I was mortified because planes fly over here all the time – something so close to the airport. We’re right on the landing pattern, so it could happen,” said Sue Davis Bilbo, who also lives on the block. “Unfortunately, it did happen, and nobody was injured.”

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating Thursday night, with support from the Chicago Police Department and the Department of Aviation.

A tire fell off a small aircraft shortly before the plane's arrival at O'Hare International Airport Thursday evening and ended up in a nearby neighborhood, authorities said.

The flight, which originated from Ironwood in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, was operated by Boutique Air, a regional commuter airline.

None of the seven people on board, two crew members and five passengers, sustained injuries.

At approximately 6:19 p.m., O'Hare operations officials were notified that the plane, which was landing at the time, was sending off a considerable amount of sparks from the landing gear on the left side, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Airport workers then determined the left landing landing gear was missing.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the tire was discovered in the yard of a home in the 5500 block of West Leland Avenue. No injuries were reported there, authorities added.

Shortly before the plane landed at O'Hare, one Jefferson Park resident said she heard a big "boom."

"I didn't know what it was," Rose Bock said. "I didn't know if it was in my house. I checked the basement. I really didn't look outside."

A neighbor then called Bock to tell her several police officers were examining the area outside her home. Officers cordoned off the area surrounding the tire as they investigated the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the incident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama

November 10, 2018: Veered off the end of the runway at Northwest Alabama Regional Airport (KMSL), Muscle Shoals, Colbert County, Alabama. 

Date: 10-NOV-18
Time: 21:40:00Z
Regis#: N451SS
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC 12/45
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. Nice work by the pilot maintaining directional control.

  2. There would've been considerable "startle factor." Pilot had no idea and no warning that something was amiss. All three landing gears came down and locked, three green lights, situation normal ... only problem the left main was missing its wheel. It's a cool customer that reacts to a situation like that and keeps it going in the right direction. No one hurt. Excellent job.


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