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Pilot injured when small plane runs off Troy runway

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 19, 2020

 The propeller, both wingtips, and the landing gear of this aircraft sustained damage after it cart-wheels to a stop at the Oakland/Troy Airport March 17.

The propeller, both wingtips, and the landing gear of this aircraft sustained damage after it cart-wheels to a stop at the Oakland/Troy Airport March 17.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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Troy firefighters responded to the Oakland/Troy Airport at 2672 Industrial Row Drive, near Coolidge Highway and Maple Road, after a passerby called 911 to report that an airplane had flipped over, off the runway, just before 6:30 p.m. March 17. 

 According to a press release, Oakland County operates the unstaffed airport, and there are no crash rescue services and no staffed control tower facilities on-site. 

Firefighters confirmed that the pilot had exited the craft, and there was no fire and no fuel leak, according to the release. The single engine aircraft reportedly sustained obvious damage.

The pilot told public safety personnel that he had been enjoying his aircraft, with no indication of any malfunctions. 

According to the press release, when he attempted to land, the plane made an abrupt turn into the grassy area alongside the runway and partially cart-wheeled to a stop, but it did not flip over. 

When the plane entered the grassy area, it reportedly became stuck in the soft earth. 

The aircraft appeared to have damage to the propeller, both wingtips and the landing gear, according to the release. 

The pilot reported a minor injury to his hand. Firefighters requested Oakland County Air Traffic Control to close the airport until the plane could be removed.

The incident was turned over to Troy police and the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation.

Call Staff writer Terry Oparka at (586) 498-1054. 

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