Saturday, February 16, 2008

Columbia 400 Crashes Burns at PDX

A small plane, similar to that pictured, crashed and burned Saturday at Portland International Airport, killing at least one person, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

An FAA spokesman, Mike Fergus, said that the plane, a single-engine Lancair (corrected to a Columbia 400), burned and scattered wreckage on the runway after crashing just short of it while trying to land.

Fergus said he did not know how many people were on board.
He said the plane was built in 2005 and certified as air-worthy.
Port of Portland spokesman Steve Johnson said the crash closed the airport for about 20 minutes until 9:30 a.m. He said three arrivals and five departures were affected.

Visibility at the airport at the time of the crash was a quarter-mile or less, said Dan Keirns, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. It was not immediately known if visibility was a factor.

The crash was near the west end of the south runway.

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