By Ryan McCarthy, KeysInfoNet
A single-engine Cessna crashed Monday afternoon at Florida Keys Marathon Airport after its rear landing gear collapsed while touching down. No one was injured.
Don DeGraw, assistant airports director Monroe County, said pilot David Hill and his daughter were out for a "local flight" when the incident happened. "It was really fairly gentle," he said.
DeGraw said planes land into the wind at the Middle Keys airfield, which on Monday meant approaching from the east. "He was landing on runway 25 into the wind. Everything was fine until his rear landing gear collapsed on the left and right," he said.
DeGraw said the plane slid off the runway to the north. It did not go far enough to make contact with a wooded area buffering the airport from an adjacent residential neighborhood.
DeGraw said the airport would be closed for a "few hours" while the plane is removed; a few flights were diverted. He also said the Federal Aviation Administration was notified and would investigate later in the week.
An Internet search of the six-passenger plane's tail number shows the 1979 Cessna 210N belongs to Hill. DeGraw said the plane is kept in Marathon.