Friday, January 01, 2021

Piper PA-24-260 Comanche C, N33DN: Accident occurred December 30, 2020 at Brookhaven Airport (KHWV), Shirley, Suffolk County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; New York, New York

Aircraft landed with gear retracted while conducting practices approaches. 

Date: 30-DEC-20
Time: 17:20:00Z
Regis#: N33DN
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 24
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A Piper PA-24-260 Comanche C landed with its gear retracted around 12:20 p.m. at Brookhaven Airport in Shirley, an FAA spokesman said.

Two people were aboard, said the spokesman, Rick Breitenfeldt. The agency does not release the names of pilots or passengers, but the plane's tail number was registered to Yannick Aubry of Port Jefferson, according to the website FlightAware.

Suffolk police said the two people aboard the plane were not hurt but did not release their names.

Kevin Molloy, a Town of Brookhaven spokesman, said earlier that airport personnel had contacted and coordinated with local first responders, including the Mastic Fire Department.

Mastic firefighters did not respond to a voicemail left at the chief's office.


  1. Those poor Comanches, I feel like 75% of gear up landing reports are of Comanches!

  2. So true. It's one of the reasons I didn't buy the one I was looking at. And the guy selling it said he had to put the gear down manually once, and my CFII told me the only time she flew in a Comanche the gear wouldn't go down. Awesome airplane but something in the gear is haunted. I'm sticking with a 182 (and logging more hours on every trip LOL).

  3. You have to remember to change the shock cords occasionally and the gear will work well.