Occupants Unhurt As Private Plane Overshoots Runway At Scilly’s Airport
A plane crash-landed at St Mary’s airport yesterday evening. Thankfully the three passengers on board were not hurt.
The incident happened at around 5.30pm when it appears that the privately owned Piper Aztec PA-23 aircraft overshot the runway and came to a stop on the grass adjacent to the airport access road.
The plane had set off from Essen-Mulheim Airport in Germany earlier in the afternoon at around 1pm.
It’s not clear whether the poor visibility that resulted in the cancellation of all Skybus passenger flights yesterday, was a factor.
St Mary’s Police confirmed they breathalysed the pilot, which is standard procedure, and this was negative.
Islander Martin Goodey says he heard the sound that warns of an approaching aircraft when he was walking at Porthellick. But he says he soon realised there was a problem when the aircraft landed.
He told Radio Scilly that, “it sounded liked a classic car skid but longer” and it was followed by “a screech of the tyres and then a crunch noise.”
Martin says his fears were confirmed when he heard sirens around two minutes later.
He says he’s pleased to hear that the occupants were uninjured.
The aeroplane has been recovered and moved across the airfield from where it came down using a haulier’s crane.
The Council issued a statement at 9.20am this morning saying that the incident is under investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Civil Aviation Authority.
They say the airport remains fully operational for all flights.