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Wheeling/Prospect Heights Fire Department news (more)

This from Dan McInerney:

1967 Cessna 310N with unlocked front landing gear 
Prospect Heights and Wheeling Fire Departments
 
The aircraft with 2 souls on board circled for approximately 90 minutes to burn off excess fuel before landing. The pilot did an excellent job bringing it in with no injuries and minor damage to the airframe.
Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Prospect Heights FPD and Wheeling FD units standby at Chicago Executive Airport

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Prospect Heights FPD and Wheeling FD units standby at Chicago Executive Airport

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Cessna 310 after landing with unlocked front nose gear

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Wheeling/Prospect Heights Fire Department news (more)

Cessna 310 with nose gear failure

Prospect Heights FPD photo

From the Prospect Heights FPD:

Call came in at 12:15 p.m.

Report was an aircraft having with trouble landing gear on nose of plane. For this, we send a Stand By assignment. The vehicles and personnel report to pre-assigned locations at the airport and wait for further information from the Air Traffic Control Tower. A standby occurs when the pilot believes there may be an emergency once a landing is attempted such as in this case of having to eventually land but perhaps with the landing gear not working as intended.

Aircraft was a Cessna 310 twin-prop with two persons onboard, pilot and passenger.

Aircraft remained in flight for more than one hour using up fuel.

While the incident began at 12:15, the aircraft did not land until almost 2:00 p.m. This was a safety precaution (to use up the fuel and ensure conditions were best possible).

Initial response was:

·       Two specialized Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles, one from Prospect Heights and one from Wheeling

·       Two battalion chiefs, one from Prospect Heights and one from Wheeling

·       One ambulance

·       One engine

Once it was determined that in fact there were two persons on board and that the landing would be made without confidence in the landing gear, one additional ambulance and one tanker were requested. Both PHFPD and Wheeling fire chiefs and deputy chiefs also responded.

Due to the anticipated length of the incident, off-duty Prospect Heights and Wheeling firefighters were paged to come in and fill in their respective stations until the on-duty personnel cleared the airport.

The plane landed on runway 12/30 and came to a full stop on the runway with the nose of the aircraft unsupported as shown in the attached photo.

Neither the pilot or passenger were transported to a hospital for care.

The airport is jointly owned by the City of Prospect Heights and the Village of Wheeling. Both fire departments operate a joint response with unified command for any aircraft incident. Unlike homes or businesses, there are not streets that easily define the municipal boundaries. Many times an aircraft incident may begin in one municipality and travel into the other. For more than 20 years this joint response has worked well and produced positive results.

Prospect Heights FPD ARFF unit

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Prospect Heights FPD ARFF unit and tender 9

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Wheeling/Prospect Heights Fire Department news

Wheeling and Prospect Heights units spent several hours this afternoon (12/5/18) at the Chicago Executive Airport as a small plane with front landing gear issues circled the area to burn off fuel before landing. When the plane was allowed to land, the pilot brought the plane in as the front gear collapsed. There was no fire, no injuries, and minimal damage to the plane.

private plane after landing without front nose gear

Scott Lasker photo

 

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Fatal plane crash in Wheeling – update

A report has been issued about the December 22, 2010 plane crash in Wheeling. The Daily Herald reports that:

A single-engine plane that crashed in a Wheeling parking lot last winter, killing a passenger and seriously injuring its pilot, had several mechanical issues in the months leading up to the fatal accident, according to a new report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The 1978 Beech C24R plane lost power Dec. 22, 2010, shortly after takeoff from Chicago Executive Airport and crashed in the parking lot of the Acco building near Wolf and Hintz roads.

The report does not blame the mechanical problems for the crash, nor does it issue any definitive findings about the cause. The NTSB is expected to release a report by June further detailing investigators’ conclusions.

The report states Cole initially was unable to get the engine started before takeoff that afternoon. Even after it was started with the help of a mechanic, a witness told NTSB investigators the engine did not sound right and that he heard what sounded like “burbles.”

 The complete article can be found HERE which contains a significant amount of information gathered in the fact finding segment of the investigation.
Chicagoareafire.com had other postings HERE and HERE.

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Fatal plane crash in Wheeling – update

The Daily Herald has an article updating information about the injured pilot from the crash on December 22 as well as statements from witnesses. Previous posts about the crash are HERE and HERE.

Below are excerpts from the Daily Herald article. The complete article can be read HERE.

Pilot in Wheeling plane crash remains critical after surgery

Todd Cole, 36, of Jacksonville, Ill., underwent surgery Monday at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood to repair broken ankles and transplant skin grafts to his face and hands after suffering burns to 30 percent of his body …

“Apparently he was on fire in the cockpit, but was able to get out,” …

Instantly killed in the crash was Cole’s passenger, 18-year-old Benjamin VanHyning of Jacksonville. VanHyning, an employee at Jacksonville Municipal Airport, had volunteered to keep Cole company on the flight …

Though the investigation continues, the NTSB this week released a preliminary report on the crash.

The report states Cole contacted air traffic control shortly after his 2:45 p.m. takeoff saying he needed to return to Chicago Executive Airport because the single-engine Beechcraft Sierra was vibrating and losing power.

“Witnesses reported that the airplane appeared to be having difficulty gaining altitude after takeoff,” the report reads. “They stated that the airplane leveled off at an altitude of 50 to 100 feet above the runway. The airplane remained at that altitude until it entered a left descending turn prior to impact. The witnesses reported they heard the engine running and that it was normal.”

(the plane’s owner) … said he’d learned from the plane’s previous owner that its engine was defective and in need of a major overhaul. This overhaul took place at a repair shop in Michigan before being returned to Wheeling and reinstalled, according to the statement.

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Fatal plane crash in Wheeling – update

The Daily Herald published an article today with information about the engine of the ill-fated aircraft that crashed this week after taking off from the Chicago Executive Airport (formerly Palwaukee Airport) in Wheeling, IL including the following excerpts.

The owner of the plane that crashed Wednesday afternoon in Wheeling said in a statement Thursday the plane’s engine had gotten a major overhaul over the past few months, but he understood it was ready to fly.

The engine was sent to a repair shop in Michigan and returned to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling where it was reinstalled.

To read the complete article, visit the Daily Herald HERE.

See our previous post with images HERE.

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