Pilot injured after crashing small plane during take-off from SJ airport

Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:37PM
The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured Sunday afternoon after crashing while trying to take off from San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - A pilot suffered minor injuries when their plane's nose wheel collapsed and the plane crashed this afternoon at San Jose's Reid-Hillview Airport, fire and Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

Firefighters were called by air traffic controllers at 12:48 p.m. and when firefighters arrived the Piper PA-28's nose was on the runway, Capt. Brad Cloutier said.

The pilot was treated at the airport for minor injuries and released. No one else was on board the plane.

Cloutier said inbound and outbound traffic was halted for about 30 minutes.

The plane sustained significant damage, FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.

Investigators with the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.
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