At approximately 8:23 a.m. on Thursday May 20, 2021, Lake Havasu City Dispatch was notified of a potential Aircraft Emergency. The pilot of 1982 King Air B200 twin-engine aircraft was experiencing an issue with the plane’s landing gear. The pilot stated there were eight soles on board. Lake Havasu City mobilized two Fire Engines, two Command Officers, one Airport Rescue Firefighting Unit (ARFF), Lake Havasu City Police Department, MCSO, Desert Hills Fire District, two Ambulances from American Medical Response with a Duty Officer, all Airport Operations personnel, and Havasu Air Center
This incident was a unified command effort from all agencies involved. The pilot informed Incident Commander (IC) that he was going to do a low-level pass over the runway so the IC could look at the landing gear and see if there was in fact an issue. After verifying the front nose gear was not locked into landing position, the IC coordinated an incident action plan utilizing the resources on hand to mitigate this incident. The pilot safely landed the aircraft when the nose gear slowly collapsed onto the runway. All eight passengers safely exited the aircraft with assistance from the responders. This incident
is under investigation.
For further information, contact the on duty Battalion Chief at (928) 486-3507 or Terrie Haas, Fire Administration, at (928) 854-0758 for further information.