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March 20, 2024

Amid strong winds, parked private plane flips at Jetport

Courtesy / Portland International Jetport A parked airplane was overturned on the tarmac on Tuesday afternoon at Portland International Jetport. 

A small plane performed an aerial feat in Maine Tuesday afternoon, flipping upside-down after being parked on the tarmac at Portland International Jetport.

The airport's rescue and firefighting teams responded around 3:10 p.m. to the capsizing, which occurred during high winds from the north, according to a news release. The plane was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured.

The single-engine Cessna Skyhawk 172 is owned by Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass. Zachary Sundquist, the assistant airport director, told Mainebiz the pilot had previously parked and left the plane and then entered the terminal. 

Weather data show winds were gusting up to 30 mph around Portland on Tuesday afternoon.

A report from FlightAware, a flight-tracking website, indicates the plane took off from Massachusetts around 10:30 a.m., traveled 153 miles north to Maine and landed at 11:55 a.m. 

A small fuel leak was reported at the site but contained with no impact to storm drains, according to the Jetport. Bridgewater State is arranging to have the aircraft recovered.

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