A pilot escaped injury when his plane skidded off the runway at Manassas Regional Airport on Thursday evening. Photo courtesy Manassas Volunteer Fire Company

A small plane skidded off the runway Thursday evening at Manassas Regional Airport while attempting to land.

The pilot was the only person on board and was not injured in the incident, which happened about 5:45 p.m., said Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The aircraft’s tail number is registered to Philburto Consulting Ltd., in Telluride, Colo., and the plane is registered as a single-engine New Piper, built in 2006.

In September 2014, a New Piper with the same tail number registered to the same company crashed while attempting to land at Cortez Municipal Airport in Cortez, Colo., according to a National Transportation Safety Board incident report. The crash involved a flight instructor and a pilot receiving instruction to satisfy insurance requirements. During an idling maneuver to simulate a loss of power, something went wrong and the plane crash landed, leaving substantial damage to the fuselage and the main wing spar, the NTSB said.

The pilot and flight instructor suffered minor injuries.



(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.