C-310 Lands With Nosewheel Askew
It was a relatively mundane
emergency landing, as those things go... and thanks to today's
video-intensive society, it was captured for eternity.
KTLA-5 was one of several Los Angeles television stations on the
scene Tuesday afternoon, as the pilot of a 1955 Cessna C-310 made a
textbook landing at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) with its nosegear
The station reports the aircraft departed Van Nuys bound for
Camarillo on an IFR flight plan... when the pilot noticed the
plane's nosewheel hadn't retracted. A tower flyby confirmed the
nosegear was still down, but unlocked.
The pilot then flew circuits around VNY for about an hour,
burning off fuel -- a normal safety precaution for such events,
according to FAA Western Region spokesman Ian Gregor.
While on final approach to Van Nuys' famed runway 16-Right, the
pilot elected to shut down both engines, and then cranked each
until the propellers were nearly horizontal, to minimize the
chances of prop damage. The right prop fell into place relatively
quickly... but the pilot continued cranking the left engine through
the flare, before it settled into position.
The twin Cessna landed hard on its maingear on the displaced
threshold for 16R, briefly skidding on its tail as the pilot held
the nose high off the ground. As it slowed, the plane settled onto
its nose, and skidded to a stop on the numbers.
Both the pilot and passenger then exited the aircraft,
(Screengrab from KTLA-5)
Make/Model: C310 Description: 310,
T310 (U-3, L-27)
Date: 11/25/2008 Time: 2022
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: VAN NUYS State: CA Country:
AIRCRAFT LANDED VAN NUYS AIRPORT WITH A COCKED NOSE GEAR
AFTER TOUCH DOWN.
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 1 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: VNY METAR 2022Z 1804KT 9SM 170 230 BKN 22/08 A2999
Activity: Training Phase:
Landing Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: VAN NUYS, CA
Entry date: 11/26/2008