June 19, 2018
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Small airplane flips over while taxiing at Newburgh airfield

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

NEWBURGH, Maine — A small, private plane flipped over while taxiing across the runway at Miller’s Field at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher, no injuries were reported in the accident. Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department deputies and Newburgh Fire Department emergency personnel responded to the accident scene, but hardly any help or assistance was required.

The single-engine plane, which was outfitted for winter weather with skis instead of wheels, was being operated by its owner, Allan Tubbs, 62, of Orrington. Attempts to contact Tubbs were unsuccessful.

“It wasn’t really a crash. He was just taxiing it down the runway and one ski got stuck in the snow and it flipped over, which is not uncommon,” said Elizabeth Miller, who owns Miller’s Field along with husband John Miller. “He was just trying to get it back to the hangar.”

The owners of Vintage Wings Aviation Park in Newburgh confirmed no one was injured and that everything was cleaned up within a couple hours of the incident.

“The warmer temperatures this afternoon made the snow real heavy and wet and the ski just kind of sunk in rather than sliding over the top,” said Miller. “What happened is when the ski sunk down into the snow, it caused the plane to tip forward and the propeller smacked into the ground. There’s quite a bit of damage done to the propeller.

“He’s an extremely good pilot with many hours flying to his credit,” said Elizabeth Miller.

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