Mat-Su

Pilot escapes flipped plane at Palmer airport

A pilot survived with only minor injuries after a plane crashed during a landing at the Palmer airport Monday morning.

Ken Barkley, director of fire and rescue with Mat-Su Emergency Services, said the sole occupant had been able to get out of the aircraft, which flipped shortly before 11 a.m.

"Quite a bit of damage to the plane but very little damage to the pilot," Barkley said.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Shaun Williams said Monday afternoon that he was notified at about 11 a.m. the plane, a kit-built Just Aircraft JA-30, had crashed at the airport.

"We got notification that there was an aircraft that had flipped at some point during the landing phase in Palmer," Williams said.

Williams said the NTSB had released the plane for recovery Monday afternoon, with a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration at the scene.

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