Thursday, August 2, 2012
VOLUNTEERS RESPOND WHEN PRIVATE PLANE FLIPS ON JOSEPH AIRPORT RUNWAY
For an hour-and-a-half, the volunteers stood by with a fire hose and Joseph Engine 1, ready in case any fuel leak ignited as the plane was turned back onto its landing gear.
The pilot, flying from Gig Harbor, Wash., was uninjured but the plane sustained major damage. One of its brakes reportedly locked up as it landed, causing the flip.
The plane was righted using a Frolander Logging crane from Enterprise and bystanders pulling ropes.
On the scene were Fire Chief Tom Clevenger, Assistant Chiefs Matt Walker and Jeff Wecks, Captain Justin Doherty and Firefighters Casey Hayes, Doug Buska, Dirk Wiggins and Mike Musia. Walker, Buska and Wiggins live at Wallowa Lake.