Saturday, March 06, 2021

Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion, N4898C: Accident occurred March 06, 2021 at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (KROA), Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia 

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Palo Aerocraft Inc

Date: 06-MAR-21
Time: 15:45:00Z
Regis#: N4898C
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: T210
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

ROANOKE, Virginia (WFXR) – Emergency crews spent part of Saturday morning into early afternoon on the scene of a small plane crash at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport.

According to Brad Boettcher, Director of Marketing and Air Service Development at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, the private plane’s landing gear did not properly deploy which resulted in the plane making a belly-landing on the runway.

The incident took place around 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The aircraft was locally-based.

Two people were on board the small plane, which has since been removed from the runway. It is being inspected and repaired.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

“It is really rare for this to happen,” Boettcher told WFXR News.

Airport officials say the airport is open; however, the runway the incident occurred on is being inspected.

A single-engine airplane slid down the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport runway Saturday morning, with landing gear not in place. Neither the pilot nor the passenger was hurt in the crash, an airport spokesman said.

The Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion landed on its belly about 10:45 a.m., airport spokesman Brad Boettcher said. There had been no mayday signal, and investigators were working to determine what happened with the landing gear, Boettcher said. He did not have the names of the pilot and passenger. The plane, which is based at the airport, had flown out of Roanoke-Blacksburg earlier that day and was returning when it crashed.

“I don’t want to say it’s a nothing burger, but there was little damage to the plane, and the fact that they were able to walk away was the best case scenario,” Boettcher said.

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