"Missing" plane lands in NJ

July 17, 2009 12:38:05 PM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration says a Massachusetts plane that lost radio contact in Connecticut has landed safety in New Jersey despite problems with its landing gear. On July 17, 2009 at 1:04 p.m., the Ocean City Police received information of a plane attempting to land at the Ocean City Municipal Airport, that was having electrical failure on board. By the time emergency services arrived the plane had landed.

During the landing, the plane's landing gear collapsed causing it to skid approximately 560 feet along the runway. The pilot said that just prior to landing he had manually cranked down the landing gear. There were no injuries to the pilot and one passenger. The plane received damage to the landing gear, underside and propeller.

The plane had taken off from Plymouth, Massachusetts at 11:00 a.m. The plane lost all electrical power and communications near Groton, New York about 20 minutes after take off. The pilot was able to navigate the remaining flight by manual instruments and visibility to land.

After a two hour flight, the plane landed in Ocean City, NJ at the local municipal airport. The initial flight plan filed by the pilot had him traveling to Ocean City, NJ. Just prior to landing the pilot was able to use his cell phone to advise local authorities of his electrical problems and emergency landing.