Tallahassee Fire Department
On Sunday August 4, 2013 at 12:11pm, the Airport Communications Center was notified of a disabled aircraft located on Runway 36. Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County EMS, Airport Police and Airport Operations personnel responded to the disabled aircraft.
Further investigation revealed that the pilot of a Mooney M20R with two souls on board experienced an electrical system failure shortly after departing Tallahassee enroute to Bartow, FL.
Because of this electrical system failure, the pilot was unable to communicate with air traffic control. He was also unable to lower the aircraft landing gear which resulted in a gear up landing on Runway 36. There were no personnel injuries, post-incident fire or fluid leaks as a result of this incident.
Once the scene was deemed safe, Flightline Group aircraft maintenance personnel were able to lift the aircraft, extend the landing gear and tow the aircraft to the Flightline Group maintenance hangar on the Central Ramp. Airport Maintenance personnel swept the runway to ensure it was free of debris. Airport Operations personnel reopened Runway 18/36 and normal airport operations resumed at 4:15pm.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were notified of this incident. Approval from both agencies was obtained prior to moving the aircraft. An investigation into this incident by both agencies is on-going. Airport Operations personnel will continue coordination with NTSB and FAA officials as necessary in the coming days.
There were no commercial flight cancellations, delays or other interruptions to airport operations as a result of this incident.
By: Eyewitness News
August 4, 2013
A small plane makes an emergency landing at the Tallahassee Regional Airport Sunday afternoon.
According to airport officials, there were no injuries or any damages.
Two people were aboard the plane when it began to have mechanical issues. That's when they decided to land to take precaution.
Tallahassee Fire Department and Tallahassee Police Department were both on scene.