Routine flight goes topsy-turvy

Maryland

August 10, 2006|By DAVID P. GREISMAN | DAVID P. GREISMAN,SUN REPORTER

A small, antique biplane flipped upside down after the landing gear collapsed yesterday while the pilot tried to land at a grass strip near Runnymede Elementary School in Taneytown, police said.

The 1947 Stampe SV4 French Air Force trainer, which was arriving at George Makoutz Field from Westminster Airport just after 9 a.m., might have hit the strip too hard, causing the landing gear to fail, authorities said.

Neither the pilot, Paul Blackman, 71, of Finksburg, nor his passenger, Irvin Herling, 59, of Freeland, was seriously injured during the landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Maryland State Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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