Experimental aircraft overturns on landing

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Dennis Shorter was called to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St Augustine this afternoon to investigate the crash of a privately owned experimental airplane that ran out of runway after landing.

The red, white and blue 1967 Pitts S1S biplane, piloted by 56 year-old Edward McCaskill, Jr., the owner of Alligator Irrigation and Landscaping in Weirsdale, landed west on Runway 24. McCaskill was unable to stop the aircraft before it went into the grass area, just west of the runway.

The front landing gear dug into the dirt, causing the plane to overturn onto its roof.

McCaskill was the only person on board and was not injured in the crash, Shorter reported. The plane sustained about $700 in damage.

Kelvin Harvey, the airport’s operation manager, contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to report the incident. The airplane was turned back onto its landing gear and then removed from the runway and taken to a hanger as the investigation continues.

Photo credits: © 2012 Historic City News contributed photograph by Frank Sarnowski

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