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Plane Stops Short of Taking off on Harnett Runway

Posted June 23, 2007

— A small plane stopped short of taking off Saturday morning at a private airstrip near the Johnston-Harnett county line in Angier.

The single engine airplane attempted to take off when one of the wheels hit a hole causing the plane to spin around, authorities said.

The pilot, Gregory Walker, 51, of Apex, and the owner of the airplane/instructor, Robert Parker, 64, said they didn’t need any medical treatment.

Coats Fire and Coats Rescue responded to the scene in reference to leaking fuel, and the FAA was notified of the incident, the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said.


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  • shine Jun 25, 2007

    That was an expensive hole. Glad no one was hurt.

  • flynnj Jun 25, 2007

    I live not even 5 miles from this place. I am use to seeing these planes all the time. I do not know any of the pilots/owners, but my prayers are with them.

  • RDUTEC Jun 25, 2007

    The plane is a Citabria (airbatic spelled backward). Its a virsion of the Champ but a little more powerful. It's fully airobatic (to some extent) and quite an airworthy craft. If the hole is in the runway, the airport will be responsible.

  • Rabid Wolf Jun 24, 2007

    I just hope they had the emergency pair of briefs handy . . .

  • Adelinthe Jun 24, 2007

    Boggles the mind how some waste our time complaining that a story isn't newsworthy. Is there computer mouse stuck or broken that they can't move on without posting their drivel.

    If this was one of your friends or loved ones, or if it happened in your neighborhood, you'd feel entirely differently.

    Get the gone!!!

    Thanking God that no one was seriously injured, and praying that they mark the holes. It's an airport after all, not a golf course.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • cheddarhead Jun 24, 2007

    I am confused. If all you are going to do is complain on whether something is newsworthy or not why are you reading it and why are you wasting your time commenting on it? Go to a different news web page if you don't like this one. I'm sick of reading your silly comments.
    Also, Why do people on these boards continually witch about the fact that people make typo errors while commenting. Does it really bother you that much? Again, why waste your time commenting on it. You must be poor lonely soles.
    and Yeah I know it is souls. Just wondering how many of you were ready to jump on my case. ha
    Yes, this was newsworthy. It is an eye opener to those who use those types of fields to take off from and land on. Something they need to be aware of. Glad everyone is ok.

  • MacsRule Jun 24, 2007

    Anytime someone walks away from a plane accident, it's news worthy.

  • ops12305 Jun 24, 2007

    Actually FAA says it is an Aeronca Champ.

  • angora Jun 24, 2007

    Looks more like a Cessna 150 to me.

  • lovethembowties Jun 24, 2007

    well the reason this happened is because the person did not know the runway and this is not all there is to this story.... i know the owner and have helped maintain this runway before(about 2 years ago) and i honestly say thats the worst shape ive ever seen it in