Small plane slides off runway in Ephrata; no injuries

EPHRATA — A spokesman for Big Bend Community College says a small plane flown by a college instructor and a student slid off a runway at the Ephrata Municipal Airport but no one was injured.

Campus security director Kyle Foreman said the instructor was teaching a touch-and-go landing Wednesday afternoon when a gust of wind pushed one of the wings down. Foreman said the pilot hit a sign and a light on the runway and the damaged plane came to a stop off the runway.

The college is investigating. Foreman said the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to join the investigation.

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