The pilot of an old biplane escaped injury Saturday afternoon after it crashed near the runway while landing at the Petaluma Municipal Airport.
Petaluma Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Hoover said late Saturday afternoon that the incident happened around 2:39 p.m. on the east side of the airport. A Petaluma police spokesman said the pilot told officers his plane changed into a gust of wind before landing at the airport, located on Sky Ranch Drive.
The pilot said he corrected before the plane bounced, veered off the runway, hit a concrete building structure and the tetrahedron, which houses the wind speed and direction indicator, or wind sock, before flipping the 1942 Stearman biplane over. .upside down.
Hoover said the plane was taxiing on the runway when the crash happened.
Police said the pilot was using his safety equipment properly and was thankful he was not injured in the crash. He managed to get out of the wreckage.
Airport crews worked to stop the plane from leaking gasoline.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are working in coordination with the Petaluma Fire Department, Petaluma Police Department and airport employees to gather information about the incident.