By Tim Leeds/Havre Daily Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
An airplane was forced to crash-land without power at the Havre City-County Airport on Saturday, but all four people aboard escaped serious injury, the Hill County Sheriff's Office said today.
Sheriff Greg Szudera said his office responded to a call at 1:10 p.m. reporting the crash-landing of the airplane, flown by Walter Herman of Havre. Havre ambulance crews and firefighters also responded, Szudera said.
Herman could not be reached for comment this morning.
Szudera said the airplane had taken off and climbed to 300 to 400 feet when the engine quit. Herman locked the landing gear back down and began to turn the airplane around to land it, Szudera said.
Herman landed the airplane in the grass east of the airport, Szudera said, but when it reached the runway the landing gear collapsed and the airplane skidded across the runway.
Szudera said Herman reported that he has flown for 30 years and had never had anything like the crash happen to him before.
Szudera said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.