Monday, March 07, 2022

Incident occurred March 06, 2022 at Orlando International Airport (KMCO), Florida

A potential threat at Orlando International Airport on Sunday evening turned out to be a prank, according to airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.

Around 5:30 p.m., the airport received a tip from operation staff at Alaska Airlines saying there was a possible incident on board a flight from Seattle.

According to federal sources, a 10-year-old passenger airdropped a message to another passenger.

Police responded out of caution, but the incident turned out to be a prank, Fennell said.

Passengers said police surrounded the plane with guns, and a family on board was escorted off the plane.

“The parents were saying, ‘Sorry, this is my kid’ and they all just had to leave,” passenger Tyler Woods said.

Woods and his mom are from Alaska and flew to Orlando ahead of their cruise this week. Woods’ mom said the incident was scary.

“Especially with everything going on in the world right now. Being on the tarmac for an hour kind of made for a very long day,” Jill Reed said.

No arrests have been made, according to federal sources.

Alaska Airlines released the following statement regarding the incident:

“After Alaska Airlines flight 16 from Seattle landed in Orlando, it parked remotely because of a potential threat that was later deemed non-credible. Police boarded and cleared the aircraft. The plane continued to its gate and passengers deplaned as normal. We take safety seriously and we apologize for the inconvenience for our guests.”

Beech 200 Super King Air, N8170J: Accident occurred March 07, 2022 at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (KGPT), Harrison County, Mississippi

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas


Location: Gulfport, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN22LA138
Date and Time: March 6, 2022, 21:30 Local
Registration: N8170J
Aircraft: Beech 200 
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business

On March 6, 2022, about 2130 central standard time, a Beech 200 airplane, N8170J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT), Gulfport, Mississippi. The pilot and four passengers were not injured. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors, the airplane was on approach to Stennis International Airport (HAS), Bay St Louis, Mississippi, when the pilot attempted to extend the landing gear. During the gear extension process, the passengers heard
a “loud bang” under the floor panels, and the pilot reported that the gear would not extend. The pilot diverted to GPT and attempted to extend the landing gear manually, which was unsuccessful as the system was “jammed.” The pilot landed with the gear retracted and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. After landing, there was a small fire under the right engine nacelle.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N8170J
Model/Series: 200 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGPT, 28 ft msl
Observation Time: 21:24 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 600 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Borger, TX (BGD)
Destination: Bay St Louis, MS (HSA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.407954,-89.073991

GULFPORT, Mississippi (WLOX) - An emergency landing at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport early Monday morning has caused a handful of flights to canceled or delayed.

The airport’s executive director Clay Williams confirms that a King Air flight made an emergency landing at the airport after the plane’s landing gear would not deploy. All passengers on board were safe and unharmed.

“The aircraft has now been removed from the runway and we are in the process of inspecting the the airfield and will resume operations upon a further sweep and cleanup,” stated Williams.

South Mississippi Towing owner Tracy Allen says his company was called to remove the plane from the runway. According to him, the plane was pouring fuel when it arrived, with a hazmat team working overnight to clean it up. Five people were on board the plane, said Allen.

Two American Airlines departures set to leave Monday morning have been canceled and a few flights are showing delays. Additionally, two arrivals have also been pushed back. To see the most up-to-date list of arrivals and departures, please check the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport’s website.