Officials says the pilot was alert and transported to a nearby hospital

Sean Mooney


A private single-engine aircraft overturned in the grass near a runway at Orlando Sanford International Airport on Tuesday, according to Sanford Airport Authority.

Sanford airport officials say the small plane overturned just before 4:00 p.m.. It’s not clear if the plane was landing, taking off, or taxiing at the time of the incident.

Officials say the pilot—who remains unidentified at this time—was the only person on board and was alert when he exited the aircraft. He was taken to a nearby hospital, but the extent of his injuries, if any, was not made clear.

This incident has led to two runway closures, while two runways remain open.

In a statement provided to WESH 2 News, an official with the Sanford Airport Authority said: “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our passengers. We are working diligently to reopen (the runway) as soon as possible.”

Airport officials say passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest flight information.

WESH 2 News has Chopper 2 at the scene. We will provide updates as we learn more.