Small plane crashes at Fryeburg airport

Posted July 20, 2011, at 1:13 p.m.
Last modified July 20, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

FRYEBURG, Maine — Officials say a strong cross-wind spun a small plane around as it was landing, causing it to crash near the runway. The pilot was not harmed.

Fire Chief Philip Weymouth said the pilot aborted his first landing attempt because of wind gusts and was making his second try when he ran into real trouble. He said the plane was near the ground when a gust spun it around like a corkscrew before depositing it in a sandy gully.

Weymouth said the pilot, Laurence Ketner of Norway, walked away from the crash.

Weymouth said the plane plopped on the ground without rolling. He said Ketner was lucky to escape injury because the impact was hard enough to buckle the six-seat Cessna’s landing gear.

 

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