Thursday, December 16, 2021

Grumman GA-7 Cougar, N755GA: Incident occurred December 15, 2021 at French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta, Riverside County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aircraft during landing, nose gear collapsed and incurred a propeller.  

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Date: 15-DEC-21
Time: 21:53:00Z
Regis#: N755GA
Aircraft Model: GA-7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

FRENCH VALLEY, California — Authorities say three occupants of a small aircraft managed to walk away without injuries after their plane suffered a hard landing at French Valley Airport Wednesday afternoon, December 15.

According to official reports, the plane’s nose wheel collapsed while landing at the airport, causing the aircraft’s propellers to strike the runway and the cause of the incident remains under investigation.

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the airport around 1:50 p.m. after receiving reports of an aircraft emergency, Cal Fire – Riverside has since reported.

When officials arrived they found a Grumman GA-7 Cougar with its nose down on runway 18. Three occupants from the plane had already safely exited the aircraft.

None of the occupants, including the pilot and two passengers, were injured in the incident, according to officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified of the hard landing and sent representatives to the scene to conduct an investigation into what may have caused the hard landing.

The plane was removed from the runway shortly after 3 p.m., at which time the affected runway was reopened.

No further details have been released in this ongoing investigation.

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