MORRISTOWN, Vt. -
A plane crash in Morristown Thursday has local pilots concerned.
Police say the plane was being flown by a pilot with 50 years of experience.
Thursday afternoon, 68-year-old Leonard Wing crashed his single engine aircraft at the Morrisville-Stowe Airport. He was not hurt.
Don Post, another seasoned pilot, was not surprised by the crash. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years.
“The runway was all redone last year which is wonderful, but part of that process, and we’re not really sure why it was done, but they added drainage to the side of the runway. So there are two big ditches on the south end of the runway,” said Post.
Post, who runs a gliding business out of the airport, did not see Thursday’s crash, but says those two ditches could have played a role.
“With a ditch close to the runway then as the plane goes off the runway when the gear goes into the ditch it’s either going to nose into the ground or the plane could just flip right over and around, and that seems like something that shouldn’t be happening at an airport,” said Post.
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. But investigators say Wing told them crosswinds caused him to lose control. After using emergency braking, the plane flipped upside down. Glider Pilot Bill Henchey, who flies in and out of the airport regularly, says that’s a common issue when landing.
“For the most part I think this is a pretty nice day to go flying. There is if you look at the run of the flags, there is a crosswind and it produces more of a challenge. Bigger airports they have an alternate runway. Here we have [just the] one [runway,]” said Henchey.
WCAX made multiple attempts to reach out to the airport and state department of aviation but did not hear back.