FAA investigates after homemade plane crash lands at Charlotte County Airport

FAA investigates after homemade plane crash lands at Charlotte County Airport


Charlotte County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda Sunday afternoon after a homemade fixed wing single-engine aircraft crash landed.

The incident was reported at 1:31 p.m. Deputies said the pilot, Frank Schooley, 61, of Matlacha, was attempting to land his N363SX aircraft on the grassy area closest to runway 15 when the aircraft’s landing gear hit the ground and ripped off, causing the aircraft to flip over and land on the cockpit roof.
Schooley told deputies he was landing from a northerly direction into the soft field for a smoother landing and reported no mechanical or electrical malfunction prior to landing.

Schooley knocked out the cockpit glass window and exited unharmed. Schooley refused medical attention. Airport officials contacted FAA and NTSB about the crash. Deputy First Class Kenneth Rolland of District 3 said the aircraft’s right landing gear was ripped off and was located 30 feet from the upside down aircraft.

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