Small plane crash-lands at airport

A Mississippi pilot escaped injury Tuesday night after his Piper twin-engine aircraft crash-landed on one of two runways at the Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, according to Jonathan L. Baker, airport fire chief and director of operations and safety.

One of the aircraft’s engines lost power about an hour from Williamsport, but the pilot – the only one on board – did not declare an emergency until he landed on the runway without aircraft landing gear at about 6:15 p.m., Baker said.

The airport was closed for about 30 minutes, but no scheduled airplanes had to be diverted, Baker said.

Damage to the aircraft was estimated to be at least $50,000, Baker said. The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to start their investigation into the crash later today. The aircraft was placed in one of the airport’s hangars.