Home-built plane crashes on Long Island

December 29, 2008 4:18:30 PM PST
A home-built single engine airplane ran off the grassy runway at a small Long Island airport and has been badly damaged. The pilot was the only person aboard and was not injured. The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the Vanguard RV7 plane was having trouble extending the flaps to help slow down the aircraft while landing at about 10 a.m. Monday at the Bayport Aerodrome.

A spokeswoman for the aerodrome, Catherine Green, says the small plane overshot the runway by about 50 yards and hit a tree on the grounds of the airfield.

The FAA will investigate to determine what went wrong.

Bayport Aerodrome is a small historic airfield owned by the Town of Islip. It is mainly used by pleasure aircraft.

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