FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Seattle FSDO-01
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING WENT OFF THE SIDE OF THE RUNWAY INTO A DITCH, BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON.
Commercial flights were on standby for a short time after a small plane went off the runway and into a ditch at Bellingham International Airport Thursday afternoon, July 28.
The pilot was not injured.
Emergency crews towed the single-engine Cessna from the runway. Airport officials suspended all flights for about 30 minutes shortly after the incident.
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BELLINGHAM -- A small plane went off the runway at Bellingham International Airport Thursday afternoon, July 28, briefly pausing all commercial flights.
The small, single-engine Cessna went into a ditch near the runway just after noon. The pilot was not injured in the crash and was the only person on board, said Mike Hogan, a Port of Bellingham spokesman.
Commercial flights were put on standby while crews worked to remove the plane, Hogan said. But an Alaska Airlines flight landed on a nearby runway while crews worked. Hogan added that officials likely had deemed the area safe enough to land the plane.
A tug vehicle pulled the plane from the ditch at about 1:20 p.m.
No further information, including whether the pilot was trying to take off or land or why the plane ended up in the ditch, was immediately available, Hogan said.