Friday, February 19, 2021

Seawind 3000, N79DJ: Incident occurred February 18, 2021 at Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC), Sarasota County, Florida

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

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Date: 18-FEB-21
Time: 18:25:00Z
Regis#: N79DJ
Aircraft Make: SEAWIND
Aircraft Model: 3000
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

VENICE, Florida – The landing gear of a Seawind 3000 experimental aircraft, did not fully engage and collapsed during an attempted landing at Venice Municipal Airport at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

The pilot was not injured.

The aircraft skidded approximately 620 feet on its belly before coming to a stop in the middle of Runway 13 at the Airport.

The plane is built to land both on land and the water.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted to investigate the incident. 

Venice Police, Venice Fire Rescue and Sarasota County Sheriff’s personnel responded. Sarasota Avionics also assisted with clearing the aircraft from the runway.

VENICE, Florida — Authorities responded Thursday afternoon to the report of an aircraft emergency at Venice Municipal Airport. 

"It was an experimental aircraft," Venice Public Information Officer Lorraine Anderson said in an email to the Gondolier. "The plane's landing gear collapsed upon landing."

It happened about 1:20 p.m.

"This caused the aircraft to skid approximately 620 feet on its belly before coming to a stop in the middle of Runway 13 at the airport," her email said.

There was only one person onboard. The pilot was not injured, according to Anderson. 

The plane was attempting to land on Runway 13 when the landing gear failed. 

The plane was a Seawind 3000 that is able to land on the water or land, Anderson said in an email.

Among those assisting the scene were Venice Police; Venice Fire Rescue and Sarasota County Sheriff's Office - while Sarasota Avionics assisted with moving the aircraft from Runway 13, she said.  

The FAA will investigate the incident. 

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