The pilot of a small plane headed for the Central Coast escaped with minor injuries after he discovered his craft had problems and diverted to Santa Barbara Airport, and made an emergency crash landing.
The twin engine plane was headed to Oceano Airport just before noon yesterday, when the pilot noticed that the indicator light on the aircraft failed to show his landing gear was down, and locked. Because the small San Luis Obispo County airport didn’t have emergency response equipment, the plane diverted to Santa Barbara Airport.
The pilot of the plane tried to use emergency backup systems to deploy the landing gear on the twin engine plane, but tower personnel were able to see the gear wasn’t in proper position. When the plane touched down, the nose and left landing gear held, but the right gear collapsed. The pilot suffered a minor injury to his hand.
After fuel started to leak from the plane, it was sprayed with foam. It took hours to remove the plane, which fortunately was on one of the airport’s secondary runways, and not the main runway.