Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Beech A36 Bonanza, N3172D: Incident occurred December 28, 2022 at Pitt-Greenville Airport (KPGV), Greenville, Pitt County, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Landed Runway 20 with landing gear retracted.

North State Aviators LLC
Date: 28-DEC-22
Time: 19:46:00Z
Regis#: N3172D
Aircraft Make: BEECHCRAFT
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 3 No Injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

GREENVILLE, North Carolina - No one was injured when a single-engine plane made an emergency landing this afternoon at the Pitt-Greenville Airport.

The airport was notified shortly after 2:00 p.m. that an aircraft was en route with malfunctioning landing gear.

The Beechcraft A36 Bonanza made a “wheels up” landing about 30 minutes later.

The aircraft was on its belly, surrounded by emergency vehicles on the airport’s main runway.

Airport Director Bill Hopper said the plane, which was coming from Sanford, had a pilot and three passengers onboard.

The plane first made a pass over the airport, according to the airport director, to confirm that the landing gear was in fact not down.

He said no one was injured and those in the aircraft had friends come to Greenville and fly them on to Raleigh.

Hopper said their main runway was closed, but that planes were still landing on PGV’s second runway. The main runway was able to reopen about two hours later.

The FAA says the aircraft is owned by North State Aviators, LLC, in Cary.


  1. He was incredibly calm. Any landing you walk away from is a good one :) Here's the audio.;attach=11516

  2. Why not manual extend?

  3. Took a look at the aircraft registration. I'm not a pilot or the owner of any aircraft so I'm not experienced with it, but it shows a registration history of four owners. The most-recent owner, registered the aircraft on the same day of the accident, it APPEARS to me. Google it and see what you come up with. N3172D (the letter "D", not "0", which I first read off the plane.)

    Also, it took off from TTC and then may have made a quick landing there as well, taking off immediately - or perhaps a touch'n'go(?) - before heading to PGV. Looks kind of like someone testing out their new-to-them plane before heading out. :shrug: You can find - and replay - the flight on flightaware (click "replay" below the map: