Plane lands on nose at Spirit of St. Louis airport

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The single-engine plane was reportedly upended by a strong gust of wind upon landing.

Officials at the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Miss., are blaming a gust of wind for tipping a small plane on its nose Tuesday night.

The aircraft, a single-engine “taildragger,” was preparing to land shortly before 8 p.m. when the incident occurred. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, the plane’s pilot was the only person in the aircraft, although a separate report said three people were on board at the time.

Airport officials confirmed there were no injuries, according to Fox 2 Now.

“It’s 1960s area, it’s a beautiful classic (plane),” Bales told the St. Louis Dispatch. “The pilot was just flying it recreationally … the pilot told me he barely felt a jolt.”

The plane was cleared to be removed from the runway later that evening.

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