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Plane damaged after bad landing; nobody injured

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 22nd, 2013

Watsonville Police officer Brian Fulgoni photographs an Eaglet Light Sport airplane that plowed into a runway sign upon landing and tipped onto its nose Tuesday at Watsonville Municipal Airport. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE A small two-seat plane was severely damaged at Watsonville Municipal Airport after the pilot bumped a runway sign after landing, losing control and coming to a rest in a field where the front landing gear snapped off.

The plane, a Tecnam Eaglet Light Sport, tipped forward when it stopped on a grassy slope, which bent the propeller.

Nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred approximately 1:45 p.m. A woman was piloting the craft and she had a male passenger.

Watsonville Police officer Javier Avila said the pilot reported that the plane felt unusual after hitting the sign.

The incident did not interrupt access to any of the runways.

Watsonville firefighters also responded to the incident.

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