A small plane crashed at the Hendersonville downtown airport Friday afternoon.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. at the airport on Shepherd Street. A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said that the 1975 Cessna 172 crashed on top of a hangar at the airport. Henderson County authorities said that the plane began to leak fluids, but firefighters managed to contain the leak shortly after arriving and are in the process of trying to remove the plane from the hangar's roof.
According to Captain Steve Carter of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office, the pilot, identified as 35-year-old Andrew Michael Bell, of Zirconia, North Carolina, was the only person onboard the plane at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries. The plane is registered to Blue Ridge Sports Flight LLC of Gainesville, Florida, according to online records.
Carter said that the incident did not suspend operations at the airport and it remains open to air traffic. The FAA is investigating the crash.
Our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News report that this is not the first time that a plane has crashed at the airport.
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