Gig Harbor firefighters and law enforcement officials responded Sunday afternoon to a single-engine aircraft that had its landing gear collapse at Tacoma Narrows Airport.
A the male pilot, the only occupant, told officials he was performing touch-and-go landing practice at the time of the incident and had been airborne for about 40 minutes before the incident. He reported bouncing after an initial touchdown on the runway, and after he attempted to correct it, he set down on the runway, and the nose landing gear collapsed.
The Cessna 162 Skycatcher then struck its nose and propeller on the runway as it slid to a stop.
A minimal amount of gas spilled from the plane’s fuel tank ventilation overflow tube. There was minimal damage to the runway surface, and the airport was briefly closed as first responders removed and cleaned up the aircraft.
No injuries were reported.