A student pilot flying solo in a small aircraft crashed upon landing the plane on Saturday, February 15.
The accident occurred around 9:30 A.M. at the Mansfield Municipal Airport in Mansfield, MA as the pilot, whose name has not been released, was practicing his landings in the plane. According to reports, the pilot tried to land the plane more than 500 feet from the designated landing area and, when he touched down, the right landing gear snapped. The plane’s right wing then hit the ground, and the plane skidded nearly 600 feet until it ran off the runway and into the snow.
The pilot was not injured during the crash landing, but he caused an estimated $45,000 worth of damages to the plane. Authorities are investigating the crash, but it appears to have been an accident.
The pilot’s crash landing marks the third small aircraft to crash at the Mansfield airport less than three years. Planes crashed into trees on the outskirts of the airport on October 12, 2012, and March 9, 2013.
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