FAA Flight Standards District Office: Boston FSDO
Aircraft landed on the grass median left of runway 19 and flipped over.
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 120
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
ORANGE — A single-engine plane flipped over on the runway at the Orange Municipal Airport Friday afternoon at around 3 p.m.
Police, firefighters and ambulances responded, although Bryan Camden, operations manager at Orange Municipal Airport, confirmed the male pilot was attended to by Orange Emergency Medical Services and released at the scene with no injuries.
“Everyone is safe and there was no real damage to private property,” Camden said.
According to Camden, the plane, a 1946 Cessna 120, flipped over after landing on unusually soft terrain, and came to a gentle stop. The plane had been previously upgraded to meet modern safety standards, saving the pilot — the only individual in the plane — from injury, though the plane sustained “moderate damage.”
“It was a routine landing, and due to some of the field conditions out here, some of the sod was softer than normal, which was a contributing factor,” he said. It definitely can happen at any airport, though it’s not a frequent occurrence. It’s a rarity.”
Though Camden declined to identify the pilot, he believed the man was from Turners Falls and in his 60s, with many years of flying experience.
“He was an avid flier, experienced pilot, and he was involved with several flying clubs such as the Experimental Aircraft Association,” he said.
Camden said the plane was removed from the runway at around 8 p.m., making the airport fully operational again.