News Plane incidents — 16 September 2017

A plane had to make an emergency landing Friday afternoon at the Crystal River Airport after its power and landing gear malfunctioned.

The single-engine Mooney aircraft, along with its four passengers — including its 19-year-old pilot — made a belly landing shortly after 2 p.m. at the airstrip on the corner of West Venable Street and U.S. 19, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and airport officials.

According to airport Capt. Tom Davis and Chief Flight Instructor Gudi Davis, the plane reported power and communication loss before coming in.

Tom Davis said airport crews knew the plane was having problems with its landing gear and kept it circling around the airport until first responders could arrive.

“He had no radio and couldn’t transmit, but we knew he didn’t have a gear indication,” Davis said.

The plane was able to land, but its nose collapsed soon afterward before coming to a stop on a grass median.

No fire or smoke was seen coming from the aircraft after it landed. Its passengers, who were on their way to Tallahassee, were not injured, according to the sheriff’s office.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the M20F Mooney is registered out of the city of Stuart in Martin County, Florida.

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