Small Plane Lands Hard Short Of Airport Runway 9-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Small Plane Lands Hard Short Of Airport Runway 9-03-2010

A small, private plane made a hard landing at Harry Browne Airport in Buena Vista Township around 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
Authorities said the single-engine plane was about a half-mile short of the airport runway and came to a stop in a field.
The pilot, Richard VonBerg, from Saginaw, said he's been flying for about 55 years. He was able to walk away from the plane unharmed.
Pictures from the location show the plane with its nose pointed into the ground, with the body up on its end.
VonBerg said he experienced a fuel blockage, which made it hard for him to land the plane.
Police said minor crashes are fairly common at Harry Brown Airport.
"A couple times a year we'll have an incident somewhere at the airport," said Sgt. Kevin Kratz, with the Buena Vista Township police department. "Not necessarily a plane crash, but some variety of plane [issue]. We had one run into a fence a couple of years ago, we've had them clip trees and things. We've never had anything real serious, fortunately."
Investigators have cleared the scene and are calling in the FAA for assistance with their probe of the incident.
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