Monday, August 15, 2022

Derailed plane lands in pond, first responders fish it out

The Wilmington Fire Department’s Rapid Response Team extricating a plane from the Pilots Ridge Road pond. (Wilmington Fire Department).

CAROLINA BEACH — The fire department was called to a small passenger plane’s runway bluster in Carolina Beach today.

According to the department, the aircraft slid off the runway after landing and came to rest in a retention pond on Pilots Ridge Road. There were no injuries to the two people aboard the plane. 

The Rapid Response Team was dispatched to the scene Wednesday afternoon and posted their efforts to Facebook at 3 p.m. Crews were shown working to remove the plane from the water.

The Federal Aviation Association’ records identify the owner as Wilmington resident Michael Granet. The aircraft is a Piper P-32 fixed-wing single-engine plane. 

It is unclear what caused the plane to slide off the runway. 

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