Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Cessna 195B Businessliner, N88DL: Incident occurred May 01, 2018 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS), Chesterfield, St. Louis County, Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft nosed over during hard braking.

Date: 02-MAY-18

Time: 00:55:00Z
Regis#: 88DL
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C195
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

CHESTERFIELD • First responders are on the runway removing a plane that tipped onto its nose at Spirit of St. Louis Airport on Tuesday evening.

The pilot, who was the only person in the plane at the time, was uninjured.

The incident happened at about 7:50 p.m. at the airport at at 18270 Edison Avenue.

The small single-engine plane, known as a taildragger, was caught by the wind as it was landing and tipped onto its nose, said John Bales, the airport's director of aviation. 

"It's 1960s area, it's a beautiful classic (plane)," Bales said. "The pilot was just flying it recreationally ... the pilot told me he barely felt a jolt."

The plane leaked a few gallons of fuel, Bales said. In the interest of safety, firefighters put foam down on the runway. 

Responding agencies got permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to remove the plane from the runway, Bales said.

CHESTERFIELD, MO – A small plane incident in Chesterfield sent first responders to the runway of the Spirit of St. Louis Airport Tuesday evening just before 8 p.m.  Airport officials say it appeared a gust of wind tipped a single-engine recreational plane on its nose as it was landing.  There were no injuries.

Firefighters did spray the runway with foam as a precaution due to a small fuel spill but the plane the FAA cleared airport officials to move the aircraft.  It was sitting upright by 10:30 p.m.

Airport officials said the aircraft is a 1960’s era plane known as a taildragger and was being flown recreationally by the pilot.

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