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Plane crashes at Victoria airport (video)

By Melissa Crowe
Sept. 11, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.

A small single-engine plane flipped over on the taxi way after landing at the Victoria Regional Airport shortly before noon, No serious injuries were reported to the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a plane crash that occurred Wednesday morning at Victoria Regional Airport.

Fire Marshal Ron Pray said he expects the investigation into how a private plane landed on its back should last several months.

According to plane registration listed on, the 4-seat, single-engine Cessna is owned by Galen C. Granz, of Victoria.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the pilot crashed "apparently after encountering a strong crosswind."

Erin Michael, a trainer with Calhoun Air Center, was sitting outside when the pilot came in to land about 9:20 a.m.

"He touched down, and his left wing came up about 60 degrees to the runway," Michael said. "Then he flipped over and landed on his back."

Michael said the pilot is not a student of the air center.

Pray said there were no injuries in the crash.

After cleaning up a fuel leak, and "foaming" the runway and plane to prevent a fire, crews removed the aircraft, Pray said.



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