Nobody was hurt during a botched attempt to land a small plane at Cliff Randolph Field at the Apalachicola Regional Airport Saturday evening.
A pilot landed a Mooney M2OF Executive single-engine fixed wing aircraft at the airport without putting the landing gear down. The plane received significant damage but was able to be moved off the runway. There were no injuries and no damage to the airport.
On Tuesday, the pilot, who asked not to be named, said there was about $70,000 in damage to the aircraft and, since this was more than 75 percent of the total value of the plane, the insurance company would probably declare it a total loss. An appraisal of the damage was in progress during the interview.
The undercarriage of the airplane, propeller and engine were all damaged beyond repair.
The pilot said he had owned the plane for four months. A review of records indicates the plane was in the process of being registered in Panama City.
The pilot said he plans to buy another small plane with the insurance settlement.
“These things happen,” said Ted Mosteller, chair of the airport advisory board and a veteran pilot.
The Mooney M2OF Executive was manufactured by the Mooney Airplane Company during the late 1960s and 1970s.
Several similar planes listed for sale on eBay are priced between $45,000 and $60,000.