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Update: FAA releases name of pilot involved in emergency landing

PALESTINE, August 28, 2013—UPDATE: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the name of the pilot involved in the emergency landing at Palestine Municipal Airport around noon, on Monday.

The pilot has been identified as Ryne Bergren, of Jacksonville.

Bergren left the Jacksonville Airport in a six-passenger, single-engine aircraft and was en route to Odessa when an engine fire caused his plane to lose power. He attempted to make an emergency landing at Palestine Municipal, but was unable to make it all the way to the runway and was forced to land the aircraft in the dirt.

Minor damage to the plane was reported, and no injuries were sustained during the incident.

The accident is under investigation by the FAA, who will issue a full report at a later date.

 

Update 1

PALESTINE, August 27, 2013—UPDATE: Yesterday afternoon, a minor accident occurred at the Palestine Municipal Airport when the pilot of a single engine, six passenger, general aviation aircraft failed to make it to the runway before landing.

According to Palestine Municipal Airport Manager Tim Perry, the pilot had taken off from the Jacksonville Airport, heading toward Odessa. When he began losing power, he attempted to make an emergency landing at Palestine Municipal Airport.

“It appears there was a fire in the engine compartment,” said Perry. Early reports indicate the fire caused the aircraft to lose power.

Although the pilot made a “good attempt” at the runway, according to Perry, he was unable to make it before the aircraft lost power, forcing him to land in the dirt.

The incident caused minor damage to the plane. An airport staff member was able to put out the engine fire after the aircraft landed, and no injuries were sustained.

The Federal Aviation Administration was at the scene yesterday, investigating the incident, and will be issuing a full report at a later date.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Perry about the incident. Click below for details.

 

Original Story:

PALESTINE, August 26, 2013--This afternoon, at approximately 12:00 p.m., a pilot reportedly came up short at the end of the runway, according to Airport Fixed Base Operator Gaylon Atkinson.

The pilot, who was flying a single engine plane, was reportedly having some engine trouble and declared an emergency. The issues caused him to be unable to make the runway.

No injuries were sustained during the incident, and only minor damage was reported. There were no passengers on board the aircraft.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was contacted immediately, and agents were dispatched to investigate the incident.

KYYK’s Gary Richards spoke with Atkinson about the incident. Click below to watch video interview.  

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