Airplane flips over at Alexandria Airport during fly-in Saturday

Strong shifting winds are believed to have caused the mishap. No injuries were reported.

A Cessna 140 flipped upside down at the Alexandria Airport Saturday, June 5, just after it landed during strong gusting winds. (Photo courtesy of Torleif Sorenson)

An airplane flipped over after landing toward the end of a fly-in and open house at the Alexandria Airport on Saturday, June 5 at about 1:40 p.m.

The pilot of a Cessna 140, a single-engine, two-seat aircraft, had just landed and was rolling down Runway 31 when a strong gust of wind lifted up one the wings, according to Airport Manager Kreg Anderson. The wind then suddenly switched about 120 degrees and lifted the tail section of the plane, causing it to flip over.

There were no injuries. Anderson said the aircraft may have sustained some damage but that will be determined by an insurance company.

“It was one of those freak things, I guess,” said Anderson.

Aside from the minor crash, the fly-in was a success, Anderson said. The free, open-to-the-public event took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and included displays, vendors and food.


The winds kicked up when a thunderstorm rolled through Alexandria, but fortunately, most of the activities happened before the bad weather hit, Anderson added.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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