Aircraft flips on take-off from muddy airstrip

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

COVINGTON, Okla. (AP) - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a Newalla man escaped injury when the plane he was piloting flipped while trying to take off from a muddy airstrip in Covington.

The OHP says 44-year-old pilot Harbert Marshall reported a loss of air speed as he was trying to take off about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators say the tail of the Grumman Ag Cat lifted - but the plane did not gain altitude before the left wing dipped and touched the ground. The aircraft then flipped onto its top.

The aircraft is commonly used as a crop duster.

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