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Pilot Released From Hospital After Single-Engine Plane Misses Runway at Fayetteville Airport

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FAYETTEVILLE — A male pilot was treated and released from Cape Fear Hospital after being rescued from asingle-engine Cessna planethat made an emergency landing at Fayetteville Regional Airport just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Pilot Bob Koons landed the plane about 500 feet short of runway 22, in a wooded, marshy area. The area is not accessible to cars, only trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles.

Officials say Koons was alert and in good spirits, even after crews spent more than an hour trying to reach him.

A firefighter participating in the rescue suffered heat-related injuries.

The aircraft was also damaged.

The airport remained open throughout the incident, and the two major airlines expected all scheduled flights to run on time.



Melissa Buscher, Reporter
Michael Joyner, Photographer
Julie Moos, Web Editor

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