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Plane runs off runway in Somerset

The Locair 19 seat plane ran off the runway...during a high speed taxi exercise this morning.

“And that is the process of picking up some speed, but not take off speed to test or check out any equipment,” said Lake Cumberland Airport Manager Ron Swartz.

Two members of the Federal Aviation Administration were on board the plane. It was a trial run…because the same plane..ran off the runway when the now defunct commercial service was in operation in January.

“It made a hard right turn…over the embankment,” said Swartz.

Airport officials say they don’t know what is causing the problem, although extensive repairs were made after the first incident.

“It’s the same reported thing. When the plane crashed in January, it was a hard right turn, the pilots stated they had no steering,” said Swartz.

One of the propellers was damaged and the challenge was how to get the plane back onto the runway.

“To do that and not damage the plane more may be a challenge for the crew that does that,” said Swartz.

Officials estimate the plane was probably traveling “about 50 mph” when it ran off the runway.

Locair officials in Florida chose not to comment for this story.


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