Small Plane Lands Upside Down in Cameron Park

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CAMERON PARK-

Authorities arrived at Cameron Park airstrip Wednesday to find a flipped over single engine Cessna 180.

The FAA said at around 2:00 pm Wednesday, the pilot tried to land, when it ground looped, and ended up on its top.

“I heard a weird fwomp fwomp kind of sound, and I looked out the door  and I saw 2 wheels hit and bounce and the plane just stopped, and in slow motion, went up and on its top,” witness Candie White said.

Before emergency crews arrived, a few men from across the street jumped the fence to help the pilot who appeared to be stuck inside the aircraft.

“We just wanted to make sure he was okay,” Chuck Mayes said.

According to the registration, the aircraft belongs to Robert Peterson of Cameron Park. The FAA said the pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane was towed away by 3:30 p.m.

Pilots told FOX40 this particular aircraft is very challenging to fly. The take off and landing requires special instruction.

Cameron Park Fire Department said the wind may have also contributed to the accident.

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