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Boy, 6, May Have Caused Plane's Hard Landing

Investigators Say Boy, 6, May Have Pulled Landing Gear Lever As Plane Touched Down

August 2, 2012

FALLBROOK, Calif. -- A young boy may have been responsible for causing his father's plane to land without its landing gear at a North County airpark.

According to an FAA report, a 55 Baron T-42 Cochise plane landed on its belly at the Fallbrook Community Airpark Wednesday afternoon.

Lauren Funkhouser, of California Aero Marketing, was in her office nearby when someone ran by.

"'Someone just bellied down, gear-up down the runway,'" Funkhouser said she heard someone say. "'Please call 911. We don't know how bad, but we're taking off.'"

Firefighters said a father and his six-year-old son were in the twin-engine four-seat plane. It was later determined that the boy apparently pulled the landing gear lever just as the plane touched down, retracting the landing gear and putting the plane on its belly. It skidded to stop without injuring either passenger.

Funkhouser told 10News the plane is worth about $150,000 and may cost too much to repair.

"Oh, it's totaled; yeah, on the belly," she said.

The propellers were bent, the flaps on both wings are no longer flat and the underside of the plane was scratched.

As the plane sat on the runway, airpark personnel realized other planes might be trying to land. The airpark doesn't have an air traffic control tower.

Funkhouser said she and another man ran down the runway towards several planes trying to land "and waved just big Xs. He saw us last minute, averted, took off."

The airpark was closed for a short time as crews moved the plane off the runway.

An FAA spokesman told 10News an investigator would be sent to figure out exactly what happened with the landing.

There is no word on whether the boy has been grounded as well.

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Re: Boy, 6, May Have Caused Plane's Hard Landing

Total a 150,000 dollar plane and don't want to look like an idiot? Blame the kid.

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Re: Boy, 6, May Have Caused Plane's Hard Landing

The father was stupid. Children, by nature, explore. He probably thought it was just a big toy, and maybe it was. Don't know how much money Dad is worth.

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Re: Boy, 6, May Have Caused Plane's Hard Landing

Anyone with a kid in that age range know they're very quick at touching shit they're not supposed too.

His dad was very pre-occupied and less than a second is all it takes for a kid to go "oooh whats this daddy?"

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Re: Boy, 6, May Have Caused Plane's Hard Landing

Then the kid was probably not in his seatbelt like he should've been. He couldn't have reached the gear handle otherwise.

Fault- parent.

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