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Small plane goes down at Springbank Airport

A pilot walked away unscathed after his small plane crashed at the Springbank Airport Wednesday morning.

At around 10:50 a.m., the small homebuilt plane resembling a WWII YAK fighter had a problem with the landing gear on the left side not extending all the way out.

Airport Manager Larry Stock said after a precautionary flyby, the aircraft came down on Runway 26.

“He kind of skewed off to the side of the runway, single occupant of the aircraft and no injuries, fairly quickly cleaned up,” Stock said. “Transportation Safety Board were notified and they released the aircraft for recovery, the whole thing was over in about 45-50 minutes.”

Stock said the plane was likely doing a maintenance run at the time.

He said there’s about one crash per year at the airport.