No injuries after plane crashes at Steamboat airport
July 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs — No one was injured after a plane apparently landed without its landing gear down Tuesday afternoon at Steamboat Springs Airport.
Airport Manager Mel Baker said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified about the accident.
"This is what we would call substantial damage," Baker said about the condition of the plane.
The airport closed after the crash but had reopened by mid-afternoon.
Baker said the male pilot was the only person in the plane.
Anne Small, public information officer for the city of Steamboat Springs, refused to release the name of the pilot Tuesday.
Steamboat Flying Club President Bob Maddox said the four-passenger Cessna 182 Skylane is owned by the club, which has been in existence for five years and has 34 members and three planes. He said the 1978 plane was well maintained and recently had been inspected.
"This is our first incident," Maddox said.
He said he spoke with the pilot, whom he also refused to name, and Maddox thinks the man simply forgot to lower the landing gear. That's despite an alarm that likely was sounding to warn the pilot the gear was not down.
"It could happen to anybody," Maddox said. "You just have to train and train so it doesn't."
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