A UPS cargo plane went off the runway at the Alexandria Airport on Monday night, Dec. 28 and ended up in a plowed field.
Airport Manager Kreg Anderson described the incident as a “runway excursion.”
The pilot, Anderson said, lost control of the aircraft for an undetermined reason at about 7:30 p.m. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, wasn’t injured.
The plane was taken to a hangar at the airport and the incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. A preliminary report says the aircraft experienced a “nose gear collapse subsequent to a runway overrun during an aborted takeoff attempt.”
Anderson said the plane, a Beechcraft 65-B80 Queen Air Excalibur, is definitely damaged and added that it’s not known yet if it can be repaired.
Bemidji Aviation Services owns the plane. It contracts with UPS to do regional freight flying in Minnesota, as well as western Wisconsin and eastern Dakotas, Anderson said.
Local agencies that responded to the incident included the Alexandria Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance and LifeLink III.