Preliminary report released after plane slides off Wayne County runway

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A preliminary report from the plane slide-off at the Richmond Municipal Airport last month shows the runway the pilot attempted to land of appeared to have a “very light coating of snow on it.”

No one was injured in the incident, which blocked Indiana route 227 around 10:40 a.m. for several hours Feb. 11.

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“The pilot elected to land and apply full thrust reverse and braking,” according to the report. “A few seconds later the pilot felt the airplane was not slowing much and advised the first officer that the airplane was going to go off the end.”

According to the report, the pilot and co-pilot reviewed the flight plan and the weather conditions several times before the flight took place.

“(The pilot) talked with the first officer that night and explained to him that the weather looked as if they might have to cancel the flight,” the report read.

The morning before the flight the pilot reported weather conditions were improving.

There were three people on the aircraft, including the pilot, co-pilot and a passenger, the report shows.

The pilot and co-pilot had a combined total flight time of more than 15,000 hours.

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