Home » News » Public Safety
Pilot safe after crash landing on Alton ice runway
Kim Brown, who said he often flies to the state-owned Alton Bay Airport on the ice of Lake Winnipesaukee each winter, was landing his plane on the 2,600-foot airstrip at about 9:45 a.m. when his wing caught a snow bank, causing his plane to veer across the landing strip past several parked planes.
The plane, which had broken landing gear and a bent propeller, stopped just short of the town's bandstand in the middle of the bay.
"I just had a bad 2 or 3 seconds there, the wing caught the snow bank, and that was all it took," he said.
Brown got out and assessed the damage to his plane, an "experimental" plane that he spent 14 years building at his home. The plane was worth about $20,000 before the crash, he said. He doesn't have insurance that will cover the repairs.
Fire Department Capt. Mike Viscariello said Brown's plane "came in a little sideways" as he tried to land.
"He didn't quite land the way he wanted to, and his plane went off the runway," Viscariello said. "We checked him out at the scene and he was fine medically. He was a little shaken up."
"I wasn't too happy," said Brown, who was planning to stay at the airstrip for a while and then return home to Hampton Falls. He suffered no injuries. But he said the crash was "a pain in the neck."
"It was a beautiful place, it's a hot little plane, this is a beautiful place to land," he said. "It was my fault."
"The weather was perfect, the ice is perfect, there was no reason for him to crash," said Alton Bay Airport Manager Paul Larochelle. "It was very unfortunate. This kind of thing does happen once in a while at any airport. It's very rare here."
Also on the scene was Chris Clayton of Emerson Aviation in Gilford. He said the plane will be taken apart and then will be driven to the aviation company's hangers at Laconia Airport. There, FAA investigators will use the pieces of the plane to investigate the crash, Clayton said.
"It's too bad, it's a really nice plane," Clayton said.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Girl, grandmother escape fire in Rochester home with no detectors - 0
- Motorcyclist in serious condition after crash in Rochester - 0
- Manchester police officers to be honored for work in unresolved West Side stabbing death - 4
- Authorities say smoking ignited oxygen in Derry apartment building fire - 1
- Motorcyclist flown to Maine hospital following crash on Route 125 - 0
- Londonderry police to open station to residents - 0
- Affair, threats alleged in Weare police chief investigation - 11
- Cause of 3-alarm Derry fire remains under investigation - 0
- Claremont police warn public about suspicious soda bottles - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom - 0
- Roger Brown's First and 10: Answers forthcoming - 0
- NHMS chief Gappens is on board with the Chase changes - 0
- Another View -- Ben Rose: How NH's John Stark helped defeat the British at Saratoga - 1
- Celebrating Claremont: A 250th birthday party - 0
- Trashed lunches: Brownies, broccoli and bucks - 7
- Hampstead's Suess ready for Whelen Modified race - 0
- College Football: Big Green kick off season vs. Cent. Connecticut - 0
- Son says shooting of mom during DEA raid was a mistake - 14
Supporters eager for Hillary's return to NH
Manchester family heartbroken after finding lost kitten was adopted from shelter, family refuses to return it