Pilot not harmed after small plane makes unexpected landing in Topeka

Published: Oct. 2, 2016 at 7:03 PM CDT
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A small sport plane made an unexpected landing in a Topeka neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Kansas Highway Patrol was called to the scene around 4:00 p.m., where they found the plane sitting on a private runway near 45th and Paulen.

KHP Trooper Raymond Ramirez told 13 NEWS the pilot, James Long, was the only person inside and that he was not injured.

"There is minor damage to airplane. It just landed hard and bent its nose wheel, causing it to tip and also hit the propeller and wing," said Trooper Ramirez.

He said plane crashes are very uncommon in our area, having responded to only a handful in his 15 year career.

Long spoke with 13 NEWS after his plane crashed. He said he was adjusting for the cross wind, but the nose ended up dragging along the ground for a stretch.

"I was depressed because I know it's a lot of money to repair my plane. I wasn't hurt or scared at all, I knew immediately what had happened," said Long.

Long said he enjoys flying frequently, and is already anxious to get his plane in the air again.

Ramirez said KHP investigates all plane crashes in the state of Kansas and relays their findings to the FAA.