Small aircraft flips in Middleton injuring 2

Poilice: Pilot, passenger suffer serious, non-life-threatening injuries
Small aircraft flips in Middleton injuring 2

A Monona couple was injured after a small aircraft flipped Saturday afternoon at the Middleton airport.

Middleton police Sgt. Don Mueller said the department responded to a report of an airplane crash at Morey Airport, 8300 Airport Road, at 3:14 p.m.

Mueller said the 70-year-old pilot, a Monona man, told police he was practicing landings in his Carbon Cub SS Sport two-seat airplane on the airport’s grass field. The man made a pass to land but the propeller hit the ground, dug in and caused the aircraft to flip. The man and a passenger, his 66-year-old wife, were injured.

According to a news alert, the landing was the pilot’s second attempt after having to abort his first attempt for reasons unknown at this time.

The man suffered a head injury but was out of the plane and walking when police arrived, according to the report. The woman suffered a possible neck injury and broken ribs, Mueller said. Her injuries were serious but non-life-threatening.

The pilot and passenger were taken to the hospital by ambulance, police said.

Mueller said Middleton PD doesn’t issue citations for airplanes but that the department is in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, which are investigating the incident.

Morey Airport was closed for a period of time due to the incident.