Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Piper PA-24-260 Comanche, N9144P: Incident occurred January 11, 2021 at New Castle Airport (KILG), Wilmington, Delaware

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Aircraft landed and the gear collapsed. 

Date: 11-JAN-21
Time: 13:30:00Z
Regis#: N9144P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Just after 8:45, Monday morning rescue crews from the New Castle Airport (KILG) Crash Fire Rescue Team contacted 911 asking for an ambulance from the Wilmington Manor Fire Company.
Crews on scene were telling dispatchers that a plane had a landing gear issue upon landing.

Delaware River and Bay Authority Spokesman James Salmon said that a Piper PA-24-260 Comanche made an emergency landing on Runway 27 at KILG.

Upon landing, the aircraft landing gear collapsed and the plane continued on its belly. 

Two individuals on-board exited the plane and declined medical attention.
Runway 9/27 is closed due to the crash.

Two people suffered bumps and bruises Monday morning after their plane's landing gear collapsed as they tried to land at New Castle Airport (KILG).

According to Delaware River and Bay Authority spokesman Jim Salmon, the Piper PA-24-260 Comanche, based out of Brandywine Regional Airport in West Chester, Pennsylvania, made an emergency landing at the New Castle Airport just before 9 a.m.

When the plane tried to land, its landing gear collapsed and it skidded on its belly down the runway before stopping. 

Video from the scene shows a fire truck stopped on the runway near the Piper PA-24-260 Comanche.

Two people were inside the plane at the time, but were able to get out on their own. Jim Salmon did not give their ages or genders, but said they declined medical attention.

As of 10:30 a.m., Runway 27 remained closed, Jim Salmon said.

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