Plane Takes Nose Dive At Airport

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

May 17, 2005

Aircraft traffic was at a standstill at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport for more than an hour today. A pilot of a privately owned plane made an emergency landing on his way to Stewartsville, NY.

The engine was experiencing some electrical problem when the pilot decided to make a landing. While on the runway, the plane's nose gears fell off, causing the plane to take a nose dive into the grass.

"It was a Ryan Navion, an antique aircraft. It's a 1948 and back then I think all branches of the service flew them," said Bill Pahuta, Director of Airport Operations. "[The pilot] owned it and it's just an antique aircraft."

The pilot was the only person onboard the aircraft as was not hurt.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the accident.

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