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Airplane Landing Gear Collapse
updated: May 05, 2014, 12:47 PM

Update provided by the City of Santa Barbara

At 12:23 pm, an inbound aircraft to the Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) alerted the control tower of a possible landing gear malfunction. Santa Barbara City Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting (ARFF) units responded to Runway 15R to await the arrival of the aircraft which was indicated to be 10 minutes out. With the pilot as the lone occupant of the twin engine Piper PA23-250, the aircraft had diverted from its original destination of Oceano. On approach to the Oceano County Airport, the pilot noticed that his landing gear light did not indicate that all gear was down and locked. At this point a conversation with the Santa Barbara tower took place. With emergency response equipment and personnel unavailable at the smaller Oceano Airport, SBA tower recommended the pilot return to the Santa Barbara Airport where aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment would be standing by upon arrival.

As the pilot approached SBA, he initiated two backup landing gear deployment procedures. The first procedure involves a manual pump to move the gear into landing position. When the landing gear again failed to light to indicate the gear was locked, the pilot activated a CO2 cartridge in a last attempt to secure the gear. At this point, and with fire crews standing by, the pilot initiated a tower fly-by. FAA tower personnel observed that the gear was down but not aligned, as in a locked position. ARFF equipment was moved into position and the pilot touched down on runway 15R. The nose and left landing gear held, with the right gear collapsing. Santa Barbara City Firefighters assisted the pilot from the cockpit and assessed the aircraft for damage. Shortly after the landing, fuel began to leak from the right wing. ARFF crews began to blanket the fuel with foam to eliminate possible ignition. The pilot suffered a minor injury to his hand as a result of the accident.

Runway 15R was closed for several hours while the plane was hoisted back onto its gear and towed to a repair facility. Standard operating procedures were followed to absorb the spilled fuel, clean the contaminated area, and dispose of the contaminates per strict environmental protocols.


Original Report by Roger the Scanner Guy
May 5, 2014 12:47pm

Alert 2 at the airport County Fire on scene plane landed gear collapsed small fuel leak pilot is OK..

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-05 12:49 PM

Sounded like they said gear collapsed either way minor accident all resourses released Station 8 can handle. One soul on board minor hand injury AMR released.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-05 01:46 PM

Very minor hand injury did not even require medics..Storke /Winchester sorry heard nothing had fire city channel on manual forgot to hit scan..Most likely a medical or accident..


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