Plane lands short of runway at Jabara Airport (+video)

One person suffered a minor injury when a single-engine plane landed short of the runway at Jabara Airport early Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Two people were aboard the 2000 Socata TBM 700 turboprop when it came down about 800 feet short of the north end of the runway, Wichita fire Deputy Chief Tammy Snow said. The incident was reported at 12:32 p.m., a Sedgwick County emergency dispatcher said.

Snow said she did not know why the plane landed where it did. About 140 gallons of fuel leaked onto the ground and fire crews were working to contain it, Snow said.

The passenger on the plane suffered a minor injury but the pilot was unhurt, the dispatcher said. The passenger declined treatment at the scene, Snow said.

The plane was coming from Ohio, Snow said.

It’s unclear what role, if any, weather may have played in the unusual landing.

Wichita Airport Authority spokeswoman Valerie Wise said “the pilot reported the aircraft was acting strange” before it crashed.

“We don’t know any more than that,” she said.

Wise said Jabara would be closed to aircraft until the wrecked airplane is removed. She didn’t know how long that would take.

Freezing drizzle moved into Wichita at about the same time and was already triggering accidents north of the city.

“You don’t need much” to cause travel problems, said Eric Metzger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. “It can get slick quickly.”

A woman was critically injured late Tuesday morning on the Kansas Turnpike a mile north of the Matfield Green service area in Butler County. A turnpike employee had pulled over to the side of the road in southbound lanes to assist a motorist that had skidded off the road.

“Our employee was out of the vehicle with that other vehicle when a driver lost control and ran into the back of our truck,” said Rachel Bell, a spokeswoman for the turnpike authority.

The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Bell said.

“Crews are out, but we need travelers to slow down and be alert,” she said.