Small Plane Flips Onto Roof at Simsbury Airport

Emergency crews are responding to Simsbury Airport on Wolcott Road, where a plane flipped onto its roof while landing on the runway Saturday evening, according to Deputy Fire Chief Mike Jepeao.

Jepeao said the single-seater plane was attempting to land around 8:30 p.m. Saturday when it inverted and hit the runway upside down.

The pilot, a man, was alone in the aircraft. Firefighters extricated him by lifting the rear of the plane, Jepeao said. The pilot suffered minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

The plane sprang a small fuel leak during the crash, according to Jepeao.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration have arrived on scene and will interview the pilot to determine how the plane inverted. Bradley Airport Authority officials are also on scene.

According to Jepeao, the airport is unmanned and does not have air traffic control.

Simsbury Airport is closed and will remain shut down until the plane is righted and the scene is clear.

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