LEESBURG, Va. (WJLA) - Authorities report that a strong gust of wind caused a small plane landing at Leesburg Executive Airport in Loudoun County, Va. to veer off the runway and flip over Tuesday.
According to Virginia State Police, a trooper was called to the airport for a report of an airplane crash around 11:30 Tuesday morning.
Officer M.S. Middleton reported that a single-engine Cessna C205 aircraft was approaching to land at the airport when a strong gust wind caught the plane, forcing it to crash-land off the runway and overturn.
The pilot - 52-year-old Robert L. Bailey of Fairfax Station, Va. - was the only person in the plane and was not injured in the crash, VSP reported, though NewsChopper 7 snapped a photo of the plane's considerable damage.
Officials said the aircraft had taken off from Manassas.
The NTSB and FAA were both notified of the incident.