Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2005

Firefighters rescue trapped pilot

September 1, 2005

A small one-seat private plane overshot the runway and collided with a fence at Highcrest Air Park, at 163rd Street and Gilman Road, at about 12:30 Sunday afternoon.

Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 Chief Rick Huhn said the pilot, James Kirk, Lansing, was practicing takeoffs and landings on the airstrip there and overshot the runway when landing.

The plane hit a fence at the end of the runway and rolled over, trapping Kirk inside for about 12 minutes before a Fire District No. 1 team arrived.

Firefighters rolled the plane back over, and pulled the pilot out. The pilot was unharmed and was not taken to the hospital, Huhn said.

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