By Suzy Rook

A pilot was uninjured Saturday when the small plane he was flying crashed at the Faribault Airport.

According to a press release from Faribault Fire Chief Dustin Dienst, the Fire and Police departments, and North Memorial Ambulance were called about 2:30 p.m. on a report of an airplane crash at the Faribault Municipal Airport on Lyndale Avenue. When responders arrived, they found a small air craft upside down just off the runway. The pilot was standing next to it uninjured.

Fire crews used soaker pads to catch the fuel leaking from the aircraft. Police contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and were told that someone was en route to the scene. The Faribault airport manager was also contacted. Firefighters stood by until all the fuel leaked out of the tank.

Firefighters and police officers remained on scene until the FAA official arrived.

“We were very relieved when we found that the pilot was uninjured, that is rare in aircraft accidents.” said Fire Chief Dustin Dienst.