Update: SC Airport Reopens After Pilot Makes 'Gear Up' Landing

The 56-year-old pilot didn't realize the landing gear was still up until plane touched down on the runway. He was flying alone and was uninjured in the incident.

Update: Saturday, 3:25 p.m.

According to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 11:20 a.m. Saturday, a small plane made a “gear up” landing at the San Carlos Airport.

The pilot, a 56 year old man from Los Osos, CA, was flying for a business trip and took off from San Luis Obispo this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. enroute to Los Banos, then San Carlos. It wasn’t until his plane touched down on the runway, he realized his landing gear was still up.

Despite the “gear up” landing, the pilot, who was the only person on board walked away from the plane uninjured and did not require any medical treatment. The plane involved was a Mooney M20J and the San Carlos Airport was closed until such time the plane could be moved from the runway.

The San Carlos Airport has been reopened.


Original story: Saturday 12:17 p.m.


A small plane with a single occupant made an emergency landing at the at the San Carlos Airport Saturday morning. The plane skidded on the runway and there were no reports of injuries, according to Lieutenant Chief O'Leary of the Redwood City Fire Department.

O'Leary says San Carlos Airport officials are now investigating the incident.

This is the second incident involving an errant aircraft at the San Carlos Airport this week.

On Monday, a small plane with two people aboard rolled off the end of a runway and into the slough while landing. No one was injured, but the airport was closed for several hours during the investigation. 

San Carlos Patch will update this latest story as information becomes available.

Michael G. Stogner January 12, 2013 at 11:33 PM
When an airplane rolls off the end of a runway and up over an embankment into the slough it really is a crash, it might be small but it is a crash.
Tom Ricks January 14, 2013 at 02:45 PM
That aircraft is classified as a high-performance complex aircraft ie-greater than 200 HP, retractable gear, controllable pitch prop. EVERY PILOT learns what is called a GUMPS check. It is a pre-landing checklist pilots go thru TWICE before landing... I will bet that when the final results are published,,,This pilot had very little time in this type of aircraft....Too bad. Also... the tower normally should advise the pilot if they don't see "three-down" (ie the landing gear) when the plane is on final..... A waste of a good plane.........


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