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Pilot runs plane off airstrip

Thursday, March 14, 2002

An 88-year-old man piloting a single-engine airplane was injured when his plane ran off a runway and overturned at the John E. Miller Airport in Melbourne on March 6.Jack Hopwood of Batesville was flying solo in the 1968 Cessna 150 one-seater, two passenger plane, when it taxied down the runway but never became airborne. Instead the plane ran off the north end of the runway, hit an embankment and overturned.The Izard County Sheriff's Department received a phone call from Bob Mabry at the Melbourne Airport and reported the upside down plane.When Izard County Sheriff Joe Martz arrived at the scene the Melbourne Volunteer Fire Department First Responders and Baxter Regional Ambulance were in the process of removing the strapped-in pilot from the plane, Martz said.Hopwood was transported by ambulance to White River Medical Center. The hospital will not release any information on Hopwood's condition.Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board met with Martz on March 7 to investigate the accident.the accident.

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