Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Doctor’s airplane flips at Stanley Airport

Pilot unharmed in accident

Express Staff Writer

A small passenger plane flipped end over end at the Stanley Airport on Saturday, July 22, leaving its passenger uninjured.

An undated Stanley Police Department report released Monday states that Richard Paris of Hailey was involved in the accident at about 9 a.m. Deputy Justin Mitchell, the author of the report, said Paris was uninjured.

The report states that Paris had been practicing "touch and go" landings in his 2012 Carbon Cub SS Light Sport when he touched the landing gear on a grassy area near the runway and the plane began to wobble. Paris hit the brake, the plane veered to the right, and Paris applied more pressure to the brake.

The police report states that this last bout of pressure caused the tail end of the plane to come up, flipping the plane over its nose and causing it to landing on its top. Paris was unharmed, but Mitchell said the plane was damaged.

"There was fuel from both tanks leaking onto the dry grass below," he said.

Mitchell stated that the Stanley Fire Department received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to move the plane back to an upright position. The plane was then released back to Paris and removed from the runway.

The plane remains at the Stanley Airport.

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