Wind Gust Upends Small Classic Plane On Limington Airport Runway
A small plane was landing at the Limington-Harmon airport Monday, when a gust of wind upended it.
According to the York County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of an aircraft ELT, or emergency locator transmitter, at around 4:30 Monday afternoon. When they arrived they found a red and white 1955 Cessna 180 plane that had its propeller on the ground, and its tail in the air.
The pilot, 52-year-old Kenneth Hough of Windham, told the deputies that he had touched down on runway 11 when a gust of wind pushed the aircraft off the runway and into some grass. He said the grass was wet and that caused the aircraft to nose into the ground. It suffered damage to the left wing and prop, but the pilot wasn't hurt in the accident.
Hough reported the incident to the FAA and NTSB, and stored the plane in a family member's hanger until investigators and insurance assessors could inspect it.