Staff Report

VENICE — Authorities responded Thursday afternoon to the report of an aircraft emergency at Venice Municipal Airport. 

“It was an experimental aircraft,” Venice Public Information Officer Lorraine Anderson said in an email to the Gondolier. “The plane’s landing gear collapsed upon landing.”

It happened about 1:20 p.m.

“This caused the aircraft to skid approximately 620 feet on its belly before coming to a stop in the middle of Runway 13 at the airport,” her email said.

There was only one person onboard. The pilot was not injured, according to Anderson. 

The plane was attempting to land on Runway 13 when the landing gear failed. 

The plane was a Seawind 3000 that is able to land on the water or land, Anderson said in an email.

Among those assisting the scene were Venice Police; Venice Fire Rescue and Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office – while Sarasota Avionics assisted with moving the aircraft from Runway 13, she said.  

The FAA will investigate the incident.