Sunday, September 02, 2012

Cessna 172 Skyhawk: Plane flips but no one injured in wind-related incident at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Denver, Colorado

Two men escaped uninjured Sunday after the single-engine plane they were flying flipped over after a hard landing at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, according to officials with the North Metro Fire Rescue District.

Rescue crews were first called out to the airport, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, shortly after 4:30 p.m. when air traffic controllers reported that a plane had flipped over at the end of one of the runways, according to a news release.

When crews arrived they found a Cessna 172 Skyhawk flipped upside down about 100 yards east of the end of Runway 29 Right, according to the release.

The plane's two male occupants, a student and an instructor, were helped out of the plane. They were not injured in the crash, the release said.

The instructor told investigators they had been practicing take-offs and landings when strong down draft winds kept them from gaining the necessary altitude, and forced a hard landing the resulted in the plane flipping, according to the release.

The plane suffered heavy damage, but North Metro officials reported there were no fuel leaks or fire.

The Federal Flight Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.

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