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Cessna flips at Fallbrook Airpark, pilot walks away unscathed

A Cessna 182 flipped over when it overshot the runway at the Fallbrook Community Airpark on Sunday, January 3, but the pilot walked away from the accident unharmed.

According to Sheriff’s Sergeant David Gilmore, Michael Fuqua was flying the single engine airplane into the Airpark at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Fuqua overshot the landing strip at the airpark, said Gilmore, and landed on the soft dirt at the end of the runway, and flipped the plane.

According to an Airpark official, the Fallbrook airpark runway “is on the smaller side, but it is not difficult to land onto.”

“There is no such thing as an average landing strip. The Fallbrook airpark is for private planes, and is smaller than the airport in Carlsbad, where this pilot is used to landing,” said the official. “But the strip isn’t inappropriately short.”

Paramedics and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident, but found the pilot uninjured.

“The pilot was out of the plane when responders arrived,” said Gilmore. “There was no fire, either.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA initially began the investigation of the incident, but turned over control of the scene to airport manager and owner of the plane.

“We all got out lucky on this one,” said Gilmore.

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