Single-Engine Plane Veers Off Runway at Waterbury-Oxford Airport

Emergency crews were called to the Waterbury-Oxford Airport when a single-engine plane skidded 50 feet off the runway and struck a snow bank Friday evening.

Airport manager Matt Kelly said the plane veered off the runway while attempting to leave around 5:20 p.m. Photos posted on the Oxford Ambulance Association's Facebook page show a single-engine aircraft embedded in the snow.

Kelly said the pilot was traveling with a single passenger, neither of whom was hurt. Authorities have not released their identities but said both are men.

"They were shaken up from the ordeal, so they seemed fine," said Oxford Fire Chief Scott Pelletier.

The runway was closed for more than two hours while crews towed the plane to a hangar.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft is a single-engine Mooney M-20 registered to Atlas Aviation LLC in Darien.

The cause of the incident is unclear, but Kelly said weather does not appear to have been a factor, since the pavement is dry.

FAA officials are investigating to determine the cause of the crash.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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