Plane Overshoots Runway At St Mary’s Airport

A family of four travelling to Scilly had a lucky escape when their private plane overshot the runway at St Mary’s airport this lunchtime.

Just after 1pm, the 1972 twin-engined Piper Seneca shot past the terminal building and down the hill opposite. It crashed through a hedge before coming to rest on its side above the field adjacent to the vets.

The airport was closed immediately. It had only just reopened after thick fog prevented flying all morning.

Emergency personnel responded rapidly. A fire engine was despatched from Porthmellon along with the airport fire tender and an ambulance.

The two male and two female passengers were uninjured. Sergeant Colin Taylor breathalysed the pilot and says there was no sign that he had consumed any alcohol.

He said that the pilot was happy to talk, but clearly “shaken up.”

Colin says he is satisfied that there are no further police concerns and he has handed over the investigation to the aviation accident investigators.

Eyewitness Dave Ashford spoke to Radio Scilly news. Dave, who lives at Tolman Café, witnessed the crash. He said that he was just sitting in a chair and saw the plane crash.

The pilot appeared to realise that he had reached the end of the runway and, “turned his anchors on.”

The family on board, from the Midlands, were travelling through St Mary’s Airport on their way to start a holiday on Tresco.

Earlier this week, ScillyToday revealed that the CAA was monitoring the level of ‘grip’ on the main runway and it was likely to need urgent resurfacing work to avoid closure or restriction on flying.

There’s no suggestion whether this is connected with today’s incident.


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