Plane flips on landing at Griffith-Merrillville Airport

2013-12-16T17:45:00Z 2013-12-16T23:07:07Z Plane flips on landing at Griffith-Merrillville AirportLu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent
December 16, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | Two 50-year-old Lansing men walked away from a minor plane crash Monday at the Griffith-Merrillville Airport.

The pilot landed a Cessna 152 on the east-west runway, applied the brakes and skidded. The single-engine plane flipped on its roof, said Griffith police Cpl. Ryan Bottiter, who was called to the scene.

“Both the pilot and the passenger were able to exit the aircraft. They were checked out by Prompt Ambulance staff and declined transport to the hospital,” Bottiter said.

The crash was reported to Griffith police at 11:40 a.m.

The Griffith Fire Department also responded to the crash. There were no fuel leaks and no fire, Bottiter said.

The plane is owned by Griffith-Merrillville Airport and rented out to licensed pilots.

“The pilot has flown this plane prior to today,” Bottiter said. “He told me he had been up for about an hour (before landing).”

Griffith Aviation General Manager Craig Anderson confirmed the details but declined to identify the pilot and the passenger, citing airport policies.

“They were on a landing rollout,” Anderson said. “The worst injury was a cut on the finger. ... (The plane) had only minor damage to it.”

Anderson said no report needs to be filed with the National Transportation Safety Board or with the Federal Aviation Administration.

“It’s not a reportable incident. There were no injuries, so there’s no requirement (to report it),” he said. “We have all the information if a report is needed.”

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