MADISON, WIs. - Three people suffered minor injuries after a small plane crash at Dane County Regional Airport on Friday morning.
The crash happened just after 8:30 a.m. when the single-engine plane "deviated" from the runaway as it was taking off, according to airport spokesman Brent McHenry. He said the three people aboard the Socata TBM 700 general aviation plane all walked away from the crash, but two were taken to a hospital only as a precaution.
The Madison Fire Department and the Truaz Airport Fire Department responded to the crash. Two fires broke out after the crash, but airport fire crews put them out within minutes. Witnesses describe the scene as a "ball of flames." Officials said that a full load of fuel was the reason for the fire.
"There were also spot fires, out on the grassy areas, which airport fire and Madison fire had put out. When the plane was on fire, airport fire did extinguish the flames," said Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez.
Airport officials said that the Federal Aviation Administration is currently on site and investigating the crash.
The airport was shut down for a half hour, but reopened shortly after 9 a.m. Two runways, however, remain closed because of the investigation. Officials said that the closure of the runways won't affect arrivals or departures at the airport.
The plan is registered to an aviation company in Menasha, WISC-TV reported. According to flight records, it originated from Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton and stopped in Madison. It was slated to head to Fort Myers, Fla., officials said.
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