Jul 29, 2015

Small plane damaged, no one hurt in crash at Cody airport

A minor crash at Yellowstone Regional Airport damaged an airplane but caused no injuries on Wednesday afternoon, Cody police say.

The single-engine fixed-wing Aviotec Aviastol plane was reportedly taking off shortly before 3 p.m. when it was hit by a crosswind, Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said in a Wednesday evening news release. Pilot Mark Kearney, 61, of Cody, told police his aircraft ultimately went off the runway, hit a runway light and tipped up onto its nose, Rockvam said.

The plane ended up on its nose. Photo courtesy Cody Police Department
The crash was reported at 2:54 p.m.

Members of the Cody Volunteer Fire Department, West Park Hospital ambulance services, Cody police and airport personnel were among those who responded to the scene.

Both Kearney and his passenger were able to get out of the plane on their own, said Yellowstone Regional Airport administrative assistant Lori Rhodes.

"Luckily no one was hurt," she said.

Emergency responders survey the crashed airplane. Cody News Co. photo by CJ Baker


Rhodes said flights resumed soon after the incident.

Personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board, Yellowstone Regional Airport and the Cody Police Department will conduct a joint investigation, Rockvam said.

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