Comin’ In Hot — Why Is it So Hard to Land at Danbury Airport?
Over the last few months, there have been quite a few plane crashes in the Greater Danbury area. The more tragic crashes occured at Danbury Airport, and the other in New Milford. Today (September 22), another aircraft came very close to being added to the list of crashes.
It happened just around 10:30 am. A Cessna 180 was on approach to runway 35 when things went horribly wrong.
Mike Safranec, the Assistant Airport Administrator, explained just what happened to cause the rough landing:
The aircraft ground looped during landing, causing the weight to shift and tipped the plane forward. In severe ground loop cases, the inside wing can dig in, causing the aircraft to swing violently or even cartwheel. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Only the pilot was on board and he walked away, and even assisted airport personnel after the crash. The aircraft, however, was badly damaged.
Danbury Airport is considered by many pilots to be one of the most challenging small Airports in the country to land. According to aopa.org, obstacles include antenna towers and mountainous terrain. The Airport also sits in a valley that brings fog and wind sheer conditions. Pilots experience high terrain immediately south of the airport and obstructions close in on several approaches. The approach to the north requires flying through a gap in the hilltops, and the approach to the west features high terrain and light towers within 1/2 mile of the runway. To say it's a piece of cake to land here would be an understatement.
Here's a pilot's perspective of what it's like to make a landing on runway 35 at Danbury Airport:
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