Sunday, August 05, 2012

Volunteers respond when private plane flips on runway - Joseph State Airport (KJSY) Joseph, Oregon

Joseph Fire and Rescue firefighters, including three from Wallowa Lake, rolled to Joseph State Airport when a single-engine plane overturned upon landing Wednesday, August  1.

For an hour-and-a-half, the volunteers stood by with a fire hose and Joseph Engine 1, ready in case any fuel leak ignited as the plane was turned back onto its landing gear.

The pilot, flying from Gig Harbor, Wash., was uninjured but the plane sustained major damage. One of its brakes reportedly locked up as it landed, causing the flip.

The plane was righted using a Frolander Logging crane from Enterprise and bystanders pulling ropes.