Another view of the incident in which both the student pilot and instructor walked away with only minor injuries after flipping this Cessna 172s Saturday morning while attempting to land at Bay Bridge Airport.
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PHOTOS BY DOUG BISHOP Both the student pilot and instructor walked away with only minor injuries after flipping this Cessna 172s Saturday morning while attempting to land at Bay Bridge Airport.
STEVENSVILLE No one was seriously injured when an airplane crashed while trying to land Saturday morning at Bay Bridge Airport.
According to the Maryland State Police, student pilot Stephen Alan Mankins, 21, of Annapolis was making a second attempt to land a 2000 Cessna 172s Millennium Sky Hawk SP, a single-engine airplane, at the airport just after 10 a.m. As the plane came in, it encountered crosswinds which took it off the runway. Both Mankins and his trainer, Eric Ellison, 31, of Laurel tried to correct it but were unsuccessful.
The Cessna, owned by Chesapeake Proflight, a pilot training school based out of BWI Airport, struck a small embankment and continued on the ground until it hit a larger embankment, causing the plane to flip over and land upside down.
Crumpton Fire Chief Jimmy Hurlock, who had been on his way to Baltimore, was first on the scene. Kent Island and Grasonville volunteer fire departments, Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne”s County Sheriff”s Office and the county paramedics all responded.
“I feel bad we had a crash, but I”m happy no one was hurt. Both the student pilot and instructor pilot immediately got out of the plane under their own power and were unharmed,” he said, adding, “I want to commend the paramedics from Kent Island who arrived on the scene and made sure they were all right.”
Wiedefeld said it appeared to him that the student had “landed long,” not leaving enough runway to stop the plane safely.
Mankins was working on Lesson 7, Landing a Plane. “It was the student”s first attempt landing the plane on his own,” Wiedefeld said.
He praised Ellison”s actions in trying to correct the situation and credited the school”s safety precautions for preventing serious injuries.
One of the men was taken by KIVFD ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center for minor injuries. He was released later Saturday.
Bay Bridge Airport is one of two satellite airports Chesapeake Proflight frequently flies in to and out of; the other is in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Wiedefeld said the school has a fleet of Cessnas that have made 200-300 safe landings at Bay Bridge Airport with student pilots prior to this crash.
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