What to Know
- Monday's incident at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachusetts, involved a Cessna 182 Skylane.
- The pilot, who would only give his first name Jacob, said he flipped because he was "coming in too fast due to difficulties" in the air.
- The pilot is an employee of Go Skydive Boston, and said four skydivers had jumped out of his plane prior to the crash.
A 22-year-old pilot was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after his plane rolled over on the runway Monday afternoon at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachusetts.
Authorities said the incident happened at about 1 p.m. at the small public airport.
The pilot, Jacob Haselden, told NBC10 Boston, he was able to get out of the Cessna 182 Skylane on his own. He was taken to South Shore Hospital by a Hanson Fire Department ambulance.
Police said they believe Haselden overshot the runway while landing, went off the runway and hit a dirt road, causing it to flip onto its roof.
Haselton, who has 6 years of flying experience, said he was with two tandem skydivers before the accident.
"We flew up and I had difficulties with the engine, and I managed to get everyone out and came back in for a landing, couldn't make it," Haselton said.
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The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.
"We documented the tracks and so once we take a good look at the photographs, we'll be able to find that information and it will be in our factual report," said Heidi Kemner with the NTSB.
The plane, which belongs to Go Skydive Boston, has been taken to a hangar at the airport where the NTSB is conducting their investigation.
The airport's manager said the pilot is a Go Skydive Boston employee.
"The flipping was me running out of runway because I was coming in too fast due to difficulties with my engine and the flaps and various plane issues," Haselden said.
He went on to say that he feels fortunate that the crash did not end worse.
"I just tried to do the safest option and do what I thought was best," Haselden said.
Cranland Airport had a fatal crash following a take-off from its runway on Friday. Scott Landis, the pilot, was killed in the small aircraft crash while his brother, Patrick Landis, was critically injured.
The brothers had taken to the skies to spread their father's ashes, a family spokesperson said.
Hanson Town Manager Mike McCue said despite the recent incidents, there haven't been any issues at the airport.
"The town speaks on a regular basis with the airport and with the manager and again, as I've said, we've really never had any problems," said McCue. "The airport is run very well and these instances, thank God, are few and far between."