Vintage plane lands in ravine at Beaver County Airport
There were no injuries when a vintage small plane made an emergency landing in a ravine Friday afternoon near the Beaver County Airport.
A pilot from West Virginia was taking off in a 1948 Ercoupe at 5:56 p.m. from the airport along Piper Drive in Chippewa, about three miles from Beaver Falls, when the engine began to fail, said Dan Donatella, chairman of the Beaver County Airport Authority.
The pilot, who had ascended about 150 feet, turned the two-seater aircraft and began looking for a place to land, he said. The pilot spotted the ravine and brought the plane down in the brush, away from any homes or businesses, Donatella said.
“The pilot and the passenger walked away unscathed,” he said. There was some damage to the plane.
The men, he said, had been visiting relatives and the pilot was familiar with the airport.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Donatella said.
Michael Hasch is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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