FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fairbanks FSDO-01
AIRCRAFT ON LANDING, FLIPPED OVER, FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7GCBC
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAIRBANKS—A small plane crashed while landing at Fairbanks International Airport this afternoon, but neither the pilot nor passenger was injured.
According to airport police Deputy Chief Aaron Danielson, the single-engine tail-dragger Citabria was landing on the gravel-covered ski strip when a gust of wind flipped it.
"He was about to touch down, the tail came over the head and it landed on its roof," Danielson said.
Airport police and fire crews helped right the aircraft and cleaned up a small amount of fuel that spilled. The ski strip was shut down for about two hours, but the commercial runways remained open, Danielson said.
Danielson credits the plane's slow speed and "good restraint gear" for the lack of injuries.
The plane was significantly damaged in the crash.