Unseasonal winter precipitation causes emergency landing at Columbia airport

Friday, May 3, 2013 | 6:26 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A single-engine plane with two people aboard made an emergency landing Friday morning after encountering icy conditions. No one was hurt. 

The pilot, whose plane was en route to Wichita, Kan., from Indianapolis, Ind., was directed to Columbia Regional Airport after declaring an emergency.

The plane made a safe landing, "albeit with large chunks of ice falling from the aircraft and scattering across the runway," according to a release from the Columbia Public Works Department.

The control tower cleared the airspace and runways and alerted rescue operations, said department spokesman Steven Sapp.

The pilot told airport personnel that he "hit a wall of frozen precipitation" and icing occurred suddenly.

As the only airport in the mid-Missouri region with a fully staffed fire/crash rescue component, Sapp said the Columbia airport is often a key factor in emergency responses.

This is the second emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport this year due to icy conditions, Sapp said. The first occurred in March, and he said the airport staff was surprised Friday when it happened again.

“When I was talking with the airport staff, they said they couldn’t remember a time  they had to land an airplane due to ice in May,” he said.

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