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The wind blew over their plane as it was landing. Then it caught fire, troopers say

A single-engine plane was engulfed in flames after a wind gust caused it to crash while landing, the Kansas Highway Patrol says.
A single-engine plane was engulfed in flames after a wind gust caused it to crash while landing, the Kansas Highway Patrol says. Will Rosson

A wind gust blew over a plane that was landing at a Kansas airport before it was engulfed in flames, officials said.

The single-engine airplane was landing at the Coldwater Municipal Airport at around 1:11 p.m. on Friday, a Kansas Highway Patrol crash report states. The southbound plane was down to its idle speed when “it touched the runway and a gust of wind from the southeast lifted the left wing and caused the plane to flip over off the runway.”

That’s when the plane caught on fire, the report states. The pilot and a passenger were able to escape the plane before it was fully engulfed in flames.

Will Rosson, who works for the road and bridge department of Comanche County, which also operates the airport, said he was about a half-mile down the road when he saw smoke in his rear-view mirror and his radio scanner reported a single-engine plane crash. He said he had just finished refueling a plane and left the airport as another plane was about to land.

The pilot and passenger, both of whom are from Texas, were taken to the Comanche County Hospital, the crash report states. Rosson said two passengers escaped the crash with minor injuries and were able to walk.

The plane is registered to Southern Star Aviation in El Campo, Texas, according to FAA records. It was an amateur build McBride C/Kahn M M RV6 experimental airplane.

A World War II plane that had just finished flying over area ceremonies and cemeteries for Memorial Day crash-landed near Wichita's Westport Airport on Monday afternoon, May 28, 2018.

Chance Swaim: 316-269-6752, @byChanceSwaim

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