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One person dead, one injured in a plane crash near Cynthiana

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Posted at 7:21 PM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-04 06:22:36-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — One person died and another was seriously injured in a crash at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport

Chief Doug Robinson of the Cynthiana Police Department, said the crash happened around 5:30 Wednesday afternoon. He said the Piper Cub, a single-engine, two-person, tailwheel airplane, was landing at the airport when the crash happened. There were two people on board, Robinson said. The woman was killed and the man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Robinson said a storm was moving into the area at the time.

"My understanding is the plane was trying to land and at the same time at the same time there was a heavy rain and heavy winds, gusting winds. We can just speculate that it being a light aircraft, small, single-engine, two-person craft, that wind shear, wind gust, something like that appeared to have caused the plane to go off the runway," Robinson said.

The wreckage of the airplane came to rest upright on the north side of runway 29, near the approach end. The propeller was splintered and the left wing and main landing gear heavily damaged.

Robinson said representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration had visited the site and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. Officials have not identified either of the people aboard or said which of them was piloting the plane when it crashed.

The airport is closed for the investigation and law enforcement is securing the scene until investigators arrive.