Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pilot escapes injury in rough landing at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (KEVB), New Smyrna Beach, Florida

A pilot was uninjured after crash landing at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon, a fire spokesman said.

The pilot, who was not immediately identified, walked away from the rough landing about 4:30 p.m. after the aircraft's nose gear collapsed, said New Smyrna Beach fire spokesman Randy Wright.

The single-engine plane was manufactured in 1973 and was last sold to an owner in Sidney, Mont., according to the aircraft's registry with the Federal Aviation Administration. Wright said the plane was an experimental aircraft and Friday was its first flight.

"It didn't end well," he said.

New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County Fire Services were on scene as the plane skidded to a halt.

Crews cleaned up a fuel leak and later turned the investigation over to the airport, Wright said.

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