News Plane incidents — 10 November 2017

PANAMA CITY – The main runway at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport was closed for nearly two hours late Friday morning after a Cessna 185 plane had an “incident” upon landing and flipped over on the runway.

The pilot was not injured, said Airport Executive Director Parker McClellan.

The incident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. A crane had to be brought in to flip the plane over and clear the runway, which was opened back up at about 1 p.m.

Delta flight 1733 from Atlanta that was scheduled to land while the cleanup was going on and had to be diverted to Tallahassee for a landing.

McClellan said the airport had to call a wrecker company to flip over the plane.

“That is part of our emergency response,” he said, noting that the airport had to get FAA clearance to remove the plane from the runway.

McClellan said he did not have the pilot’s name readily available.

“I was told it was not a local airplane,” McClellan said.

The pilot’s wife was waiting in the Sheltair Aviation hangar for private pilots.

She didn’t want to talk about the incident.

“We are private people,” she said.

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