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Small Plane Skids Off Runway Into Woods At Plum Island Airport

NEWBURYPORT (CBS) - A small plane skidded off the runway Wednesday afternoon at the Plum Island Airport in Newburyport.

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The plane skidded off the runway and ended up in the woods. (WBZ-TV)

John Murrary, the head of the flight school at the airport, told WBZ-TV the plane was attempting to land at the time of the crash, but it did not appear to be one of their regular pilots.

A spokesman for the Newbury Fire Department said the pilot "exited the cockpit safely and is not injured."

The plane ended up in the woods.  The tail end could be seen sticking out of the trees. The Federal Aviation Administration told WBZ the pilot of the AMD CH2000 was the only person on board. They're looking into the cause of the crash.

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The plane ended up in the woods. (WBZ-TV)

The National Transportation Safety Board is also looking into the incident, according to Stephen Purcell, vice president of the Bald Eagle Flying Club. He said the pilot is an active member of the Maine flying club, which is the largest in the state.

The plane involved is typically used for training and can be used for an hourly fee, Purcell also said.

No other information is available at this point in the investigation.


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