Training flight slides off Ephrata Airport runway

Training flight slides off Ephrata Airport runway

Credit: Columbia Basin Herald

Joe Utter/Columbia Basin Herald A wind gust forced the pilot of the BBCC aircraft to make an emergency landing at the Ephrata Municipal Airport.

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 7:00 PM

EPHRATA, Wash. -- A small airplane slid off the runway at the Ephrata Municipal Airport. A Big Bend Community College spokesman said nobody was hurt during the crash Wednesday afternoon.

The plane was being flown by a Big Bend Community College instructor and a student. Director of Campus Safety & Security Kyle Foreman said only two people were on the plane which seats four.

A student and instructors were training around 1 p.m. in the single-engine plane. Foreman said the instructor was teaching a touch-and-go landing when a gust of wind pushed one of the wings down.
The pilot lost control and hit a sign and a light on the runway. Foreman said the plane came to a stop off of the runway.  The crash damaged the plane and it can not be flown according to Foreman.

Leaders at Big Bend Community are investigating. Foreman said the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to join the investigation.

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