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Rough Landing

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Maple Creek

Firefighters help load a plane onto a flat deck truck after it sustained damage in a rough landing at the airport on Friday evening. The plane had touched down on the grass runway at about 6 p.m. for about 100 feet when it hit an air pocket and was lifted off the ground. The engine then stalled and the plane came back down hard on the front end, damaging the propeller and landing gear. The 64-year-old man from Weyburn, who is an experienced pilot, was flying alone and sustained minor injuries. Pilots use the grass landing strip when the wind isn’t favourable for using the tarmac or to practise landing on grass runways.

 

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