Sunday, March 11, 2012

Allegheny County (KAGC), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Airport reopened after landing accident

The Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin has reopened after wind pushed a small plane off the runway earlier today.

A Piper Archer airplane was overcome by a gust of wind as the pilot practiced "touch and gos," or landings and take-offs without stopping, around 1:45 p.m., according to JoAnn Jenny, a spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

The plane was forced back down in mid take-off and was pushed to a grassy area on the side of the runway.

The pilot was uninjured and the plane's nose gear suffered damage.

The West Mifflin Fire Department and the airport operations department responded to the scene. The airport closed after the incident and reopened around 3:30 p.m.

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