FAA Flight Standards District Office: BATON ROUGE
AIRCRAFT ROLLED AND BOUNCED OFF THE RUNWAY COMING TO A REST WEST OF RUNWAY 32, SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28-140
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A strong gust of wind is believed to be to blame for the crash of a small plane early Thursday afternoon at the Shreveport Downtown Airport.
It happened just after 2 p.m.
Witnesses said the aircraft was caught by a strong gust of wind and tossed it over, sending it off the runway and into the grass.
The pilot suffered a minor abrasion to the head, but according to the Shreveport Fire Department, he was experiencing some difficulty breathing while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. At last report, he was expected to recover.
There was no one else on board the aircraft, which is a Piper PA-28-140 is registered to Martin J. Carter of Bossier City according to FAA records.
According to Shreveport Director of Airports Henry Thompson, the pilot was doing practice approaches when it happened.
One wing was broken off when the plane was bounced off the runway and the crash resulted in a fuel leak. Fire crews were called to contain the fuel leak and control hazardous emissions.
A preliminary report makes no conclusive determination of what happened. However, the fire department confirms that authorities believe that strong winds may have caused the aircraft to flip over landing topside-down and break a wing while the pilot was attempting to land the plane.
The airport is open with limited operation, according to Thompson.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Shreveport Airport Authority are investigating the crash.
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SHREVEPORT, La. - The pilot of a small private plane was injured at Shreveport's Downtown Airport Thursday afternoon when the plane flipped as it was landing.
A witness said the pilot of the Piper PA-28-140 had just touched down on the runway when the plane bounced and then flipped.
A preliminary report makes no conclusive determination of what happened. However, authorities believe that strong winds may have caused the aircraft to crash, breaking a wing while the pilot was attempting to land the plane.
The pilot, who was the only person on board, got out of the plane on his own. Shreveport firefighters converged on the crash site and were treating the injured pilot. He was taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency crews reported that the pilot sustained a minor abrasion to his head and was experiencing some difficulty breathing while being transported. In addition to performing life-saving procedures, fire crews were called to contain a fuel leak and control hazardous emissions.
The accident happened about 2:15 p.m. The airport was closed to air traffic after the crash.
The plane was destroyed, the witness said.
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A strong gust of wind is likely the cause of a small plane crash at Shreveport Downtown Airport.
The crash happened shortly before 2:30 p.m.
Officials with the Shreveport Fire Department say a gust of wind hit the plane as it was landing that cause it to flip over. One of the plane's wings were ripped off.
The pilot of the plane was the only person on board.
Fire crews treated him at the scene and he was taken to a local hospital with serious, but non life threatening injuries.
Emergency crews reported that the pilot sustained a minor abrasion to his head and was experiencing some difficulty breathing while being transported.
In addition to performing life-saving procedures, fire crews were called to contain a fuel leak and control hazardous emissions.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Shreveport Airport Authority are investigating the crash.
A small, single-engine plane crashed at Shreveport’s Downtown Airport Thursday afternoon.
Shreveport Fire Department’s assistant chief Fred Sanders confirmed that the plane appeared to have crashed around 2 p.m.
The single person was on board and taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries that fire personnel said were not life-threatening.
Circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the accident were not immediately available, but Sanders said one of the aircraft’s wings appeared to have sustained significant damage.
No smoke or flames were visible at the sight of the accident, and Sanders confirmed that only the single aircraft was involved in the incident.
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