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Plane Crashes at Reagan National Airport; Runway Reopens

June 8, 2010

The main runway at Reagan National Airport has reopened after a vintage aircraft flipped when it landed. FAA records show the 1943 Boeing is registered to Michael Truschel of Nokesville, which is near Manassas in northern Virginia.

Film producer Pietro Serapiglia says the aircraft was part of a group of vintage biplanes flying in Tuesday morning to promote the opening of 3-D film "Legends of Flight." Serapiglia says the plane landed, but then it flipped over.

Sybrina Lambeth of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says no injuries were reported and no commercial planes were involved. She says planes are still taking off from other runways.

The Washington Post reports that the newspaper's transportation writer Ashley Halsey III was the passenger in the vintage Stearman aircraft and neither Halsey nor the pilot were injured.

Television coverage showed a yellow biplane upside-down on a runway.

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