By Joel Schipper

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A plane aborted takeoff at Bowman Field on Tuesday night and slid off the runway, ultimately crashing through a fence and coming to a stop on a nearby street. 

The plane, which is owned by the Louisville Pilots Club, blocked Pee Wee Reese Road for more than four hours, forcing cars to drive around it.

Officials are not sure yet if the plane even became airborne before going through the fence. Two men were onboard at the time and were not hurt, even getting out of the plane by themselves.

The wings were damaged, and there was a small gas leak, which was quickly cleaned up. Witnesses said they didn’t hear anything when it happened.

“Is it kind of surreal to see something like this in person,” said David Wall, who lives near Bowman Field. “When I walked up on it, I was really glad to hear that nobody actually did get hurt. At the end of the day, the life is what matters.”

The plane, a 1979 single-engine Piper Archer, is owned by the Louisville Pilots Club, Inc., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Officials say the plane aborted takeoff for unknown reasons, which caused it to slide off the runway. Louisville Fire officials said two people were in the plane, both of whom got out of the plane on their own and aren’t hurt.

NTSB and FAA officials responded to the scene and will investigate the crash.

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