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Pilot uninjured after plane crash at Caldwell airport

Posted: 8:09 AM, Jun 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-27 19:10:08-04

CALDWELL — A pilot is lucky to be alive following a plane crash at the Caldwell airport early Thursday morning.

It happened about 6:30 a.m., according to a Canyon County dispatcher. The pilot was attempting to land at the airport near Interstate 84 in Caldwell when his engine failed.

“He lost altitude and could not get the speed to get back to the runway,” said Caldwell Airport Manager Rob Oates. “His landing gear struck our perimeter fence, and the aircraft (crashed and) ended up upside-down.”

The pilot, a Canyon County man whose name was not available, was reportedly uninjured. He was the only person aboard the plane at the time, Oates said.

The aircraft is heavily damaged

Oates said the FAA has been notified and will be sending an inspector to the scene.