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Small plane makes hard landing at RDU

Posted March 19, 2012

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— A small plane carrying three people descended quickly and made a hard landing at Raleigh Durham International Airport Monday evening, according to an airport spokesman.

The CASA aircraft had some mechanical issues while it landed, causing it to skid off the runway into the grass, spokesman Andrew Sawyer said.

All three people on board got out safely.

No other information was released.

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  • dmarion2 Mar 20, 2012

    Actually, it's not officially a "small" airplane at all. By FAA definition, a "small" airplane is one that has a maximum certified gross take-off weight of 12,500 lbs or less. The smallest version of the CASA 212 is certified to 14,332 lbs and the others are certified up to 17,086 lbs. That makes it officially a "large" airplane by FAA standards.

  • Trabman_san Mar 20, 2012

    "I saved the picture and enlarged it about ten times and it looks like the skid marks are of equal length. If one break locked there would only be one mark and the plane would have veered off the straight line." piene2

    Ummmm..... That's Trenches in the WET GRASS/Ground due to the weight of the plane, not Brake skid marks!

  • saturn5 Mar 20, 2012

    ARCH LIBERAL CONSERVATIVE: "I'm disappointed nobody has yet to blame Obama for this."

    You mean you're *not* going to blame Bush? Shocking!

  • piene2 Mar 20, 2012

    "Did they "skid off the runway"? Or, maybe just ran off the runway because one brake locked? Or,????
    NoRespect"

    I saved the picture and enlarged it about ten times and it looks like the skid marks are of equal length. If one break locked there would only be one mark and the plane would have veered off the straight line.

  • Shelley Cooper Mar 20, 2012

    I'm disappointed nobody has yet to blame Obama for this.

  • CaptainClucksDuckboatAdventures Mar 20, 2012

    That's what the company uses up in Franklin County to skydive.
    I've been on one and it is a small plane.

  • NoRespect Mar 20, 2012

    Well at least they didn't call it a "Piper Cub" or "a Cessna"... like some non-informed news folks would likely refer to it. I guess to them, anything smaller than a B737-400 is a "small plane".

    I see that they did refer to its name... CASA. It is a pretty good aircraft and is used frequently for sky diving operations.

    Did they "skid off the runway"? Or, maybe just ran off the runway because one brake locked? Or,????

  • piene2 Mar 20, 2012

    I do not know why the moderators would not print my comment but I too said that is hardly what is considered a small plane. I also said that a lot of my landings are about like that one:)

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 20, 2012

    "who writes these pieces? at least get someone that tell a large plane from a small one." -piloterror

    ???? This is a small plane. Do you seriously think this is a large one?

  • snakeman65 Mar 20, 2012

    @piloterror1 - Please define "small plane" and "large plane" for us. This plane is smaller than most of the commercial planes that land at RDU, and was definitely much smaller than the SWA 737 that landed right behind it and was forced to sit on the runway waiting for this to be cleared up.

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