Small plane crash-lands at Manassas airport

August 22, 2013

A pilot on a solo training run crash-landed and flipped his Cessna airplane after landing at Manassas Regional Airport about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, officials say.

The plane, which lost its front tire, came to rest on its back just off the runway, officials said. Only the pilot, Sahel Abdulrahim Bader, 35, of Fairfax was on board, and he was not seriously injured, said Patty Prince, a city of Manassas spokeswoman. Fire and rescue personnel at the scene examined and released him.

Bader was practicing take-offs and landings in a 2000 Cessna Skyhawk 172S, according to state police. The Federal Aviation Administration and state police are citing pilot error in the crash, according to state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

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