MILAN – No injuries were reported last week when a small plane went off the runway and struck two lights at Berlin Regional Airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the plane, a Piper PA22, was practicing takeoffs and landings when the aircraft went off the side of Runway 18 and struck a sign. The accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. on July 5.
Berlin Fire Captain Ray Dube said the plane was on its left side when his crew arrived at the scene. He said there appeared to be minimal damage to the plane.
The pilot was walking outside the plane when firefighters arrived and he refused medical attention. There were no passengers.
The FAA did not release the name of the pilot but the plane is registered to Mark Biron of Island Pond, Vermont.
Berlin City Manager James Wheeler said Biron has been in touch with his insurance carrier and the city expects to seek reparative funds from the carrier.
An article in The Chronicle newspaper in Barton, Vermont said earlier this year a fire destroyed Biron’s home in Island Pond. Biron and his wife escaped but the couple reported they lost all their personal possessions in the fire.