A single-engine Cessna flown by a student pilot attempting a landing at Bellingham International airport crashed upside down Thursday afternoon, but nobody was injured in the incident.
The incident occurred at 4:40 p.m. Thursday, April 14, on Runway 16 at the airport, Director of Aviation for the Port of Bellingham Sunil Harman told The Bellingham Herald in an email.
The student pilot was the only person in the plane at the time.
The airport is expected to be closed until the National Transportation Safety Board clears the removal of the plane, Harman reported, adding that it may take several hours, as a boom truck is needed to lift and remove the plane.
Bellingham Fire Department crews were sent to the airport to assist Port of Bellingham crews for an aircraft emergency at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, April 14.
Unconfirmed radio reports at the time reported a small Cessna was down. Follow-up reports said that a small aircraft was on its side and that there was no smoke or fuel spillage.