Plane goes off runway at Rock Airport in Tarentum


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A single engine plane went off the side of a runway and down a hill at the Rock Airport of Pittsburgh earlier this evening.

Airport manager George Hollibaugh said no one was injured in the crash that happened around 8 p.m. at the airport at 1000 Rock Point Boulevard in Tarentum. It wasn't clear how many people were in the plane.

"We don't know what happened yet," Mr. Hollibaugh said.

Harwick resident Bill Edel said he saw the plane circling the areawhen he went to Shop and Save in Russelton.

Moments later he saw a cop car and drove his ATV to a wooded area parallel with the runway. He saw the plane resting about halfway down a steep hill off the side of the runway.

Train tracks and Little Deer Creek lie a the bottom of the hill, he said.

"It probably went at least 100 feet or so over the hill," he said. "I was surprised how good of shape the plane was in."

Despite the drop, he said only the left wing appeared to be broken.

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Taryn Luna: 412-263-1985.


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