HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - A pilot attempting to make an emergency landing after experiencing engine troubles crashed and flipped at the Hanover County Municipal Airport.
It happened around 1:00 p.m. Virginia State Police said the pilot overshot the runway and landed 50 feet north of it in a grassy field. The plane overturned and landed on its roof.
State Police say the pilot was 56-year-old Raymond Swanson of Richmond. He suffered minor injuries and was treated on the scene.
"This is not a chargeable crash," said State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar. "This crash is the result of what appears to be engine failure. The pilot reported that he was having engine problems several miles out from the airport, and was attempting to make an emergency landing."
State Police said the plane is a 2009 Van's RV-9A, a "kit-built" aircraft that can cost up to $32,000. According to the manufacturer's Web site, the 9A is about 20 feet long, and weighs slightly less than 1100 pounds. It can fly up to 195 miles per hour and reach an altitude of up to 18,500 feet. According to the manufacturer, the plane can be assembled in approximately 2200 hours