The accident, just before 10:30 a.m., shut down Runway 26 at the airport, 5749 S. Tracy Blvd.
Airport coordinator Bruce Ludeman said Friday, the unidentified pilot had started his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza on the ramp just south of the main hangar when it sped out of control and rolled north into a dirt area between the ramp and the taxiway for Runway 26.
The front landing gear collapsed just before the plane reached the taxiway for the runway. The plane, still under power, crossed the taxiway, leaving a shallow furrow in the pavement, and finally came to a stop in the unpaved area between the taxiway and runway, roughly a quarter mile from its original position.
Airport staff drove out to the plane’s final resting place to help the pilot, who Ludeman said is from the Bay Area and renting a hanger at the airport, stop the engine. The pilot was in the plane the whole time and is uninjured.
Ludeman said in an interview Wednesday, Jan. 8, the furrow did not pose a safety hazard and airport staff used a blower to push all of the pieces of asphalt off the taxiway. The taxiway and runway 26 were reopened soon after the incident.
The airport coordinator added Wednesday that an inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration had visited the scene and determined no further investigation was necessary.
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