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Small plane runs into airport fence

WINCHESTER -- Two occupants of a small plane were transported for medical treatment Friday after the aircraft landed short of the runway and crashed into a fence at Winchester Regional Airport.

A small plane crashed
A small plane crashed short of the runway into a chain-link fence on Friday at Winchester Regional Airport. The two occupants were treated for minor injuries. Dennis Grundman/Daily

Firefighters work at the scene
Firefighters work at the scene where a single engine plane crashed into a chain-link fence short of the runway in Winchester. Dennis Grundman/Daily

A single engine plane crashed
A single engine plane crashed into a chain-link fence short of the runway on Friday at Winchester Regional Airport. Dennis Grundman/Daily

The crash was dispatched at 5:45 p.m., according to Frederick County authorities, with emergency personnel from Millwood and Greenwood fire and rescue departments responding.

The occupants of the plane were transported to Winchester Medical Center for what appeared to be minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to Capt. Gary Pearson of Frederick County Fire and Rescue.

The plane "appeared to have landed short of the runway, running into a chain-link fence," Pearson said. "It was roughly 1,000 feet short of the runway."

Pearson said there was a small fuel leak as a result of the crash, which emergency crews were able to mitigate quickly. The aircraft sustained "heavy damage," Pearson said, adding that the fence also was damaged. Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a factor in the crash, Pearson said.

The crash scene was turned over to the state police for further investigation, Pearson said.

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