Pilot suffers minor injuries after airport crash, fire

A man suffered minor injuries after his plane crashed at the Columbus- Lowndes County Airport around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Posted: Feb 16, 2020 7:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)- A man suffered minor injuries after his plane crashed at the Columbus- Lowndes County Airport around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Columbus City Spokesperson Joe Dillon said the pilot was trying to warm up the plane's engine by manually turning to propeller.

According to Airport Manager Jared Rabren the plane's engine started unexpectedly.

"This was not an intentional start of the engine," Rabren said. "It had been down in the 20-degrees temperature overnight and he was simply priming the engine, not intending to start it."

The plane never left the ground, but crashed into a nearby aircraft hangar and caught fire.

The pilot was not inside the plane.

Columbus Fire and Rescue put out the flames within minutes of arriving. Responders used special training to put out the flames.

"Jet fuel a little hotter than most other fuels and we use a foam-water mixture to blanket the fire to take the oxygen away from it and so it helps us aid in putting out the fire," said Battalion Fire Chief Todd Graham.

Dillon said the crash destroyed the plane and severely damaged the hangar. The plane also hit a nearby building, but the building will be able to be repaired.

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