Monday, March 22, 2021

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N8355P: Incident occurred March 20, 2021 at Columbia County Airport (1B1), Hudson, New York

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

Aircraft  landed gear up.  

Date: 20-MAR-21
Time: 22:19:00Z
Regis#: N8355P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

GHENT, New York — A pilot who was practicing landings escaped injury after apparently forgetting to deploy the landing gear on his single-engine plane at the Columbia County Airport, the county Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

Deputies responded to a reported fuel spill at the airport about 6:15 p.m. Saturday and found it was the result of a hard landing, Sheriff David P. Bartlett said.

The pilot, Larrie Sutliff (78) of Briarcliff Manor, didn’t realize he’d forgotten to lower his landing gear, the Sheriff's Office said. It said the Piper PA-24-250 Comanche landed on its fuselage, slid and came to rest while still on the runway.

Sutliff did not appear to be under the influence of any intoxicants, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.


  1. Not supposed to discriminate but.. when is old enough to know better old enough?

  2. Replies
    1. I'm going to assume that was sarcasm (please use the "/s" tag if so going forward). Plenty of under-40 pilots on NTSB record landing gear up (or gear down if in a float plane).

  3. There are those that have... and those that will.