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BRIGHAM CITY — A man was fortunate to walk away with minor injuries following a rough landing at the Brigham City Airport on Saturday.
A 48-year-old man from Brigham City was attempting to land a Grumman Model AA-1 single-engine aircraft when the tubing that supports the wheel of the front landing gear bent. The pilot radioed in for help, saying something didn't feel quite right.
"We were having a crosswind, so it means you have to land in a special way in order to get the best landing, and he (the pilot) messed it up," said Faris Chebib, who witnessed the incident. "He messed it up on takeoff. It bent his front nose gear, but he didn't know which gear was broken. He just knew something didn't feel right."
"When he came in for landing, when he touched down, it caused him to veer off the runway," said Tyler Pugsley, airport manager/public works director for Brigham City. "Before the plane came to a stop, it flipped over on its top."
Chebib's flight instructor helped talk the pilot in for the landing, and rushed to the plane after it flipped over.
Pugsley said the pilot suffered only minor injuries and was released from the hospital.
The identity of the pilot was not released.
Contributing: Ashley Kewish