Plane Blaze Closes Airport; Federal Aviation Administration Officials Will Investigate a Plane Fire That Burned a Pilot and Shut Down Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin for More Than an Hour Monday. [Derived Headline]

By Walton, Michael | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 26, 2016 | Go to article overview

Plane Blaze Closes Airport; Federal Aviation Administration Officials Will Investigate a Plane Fire That Burned a Pilot and Shut Down Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin for More Than an Hour Monday. [Derived Headline]


Walton, Michael, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Federal Aviation Administration officials will investigate a plane fire that burned a pilot and shut down Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin for more than an hour Monday.

The Yak-11 propeller airplane caught fire after landing on Runway 28 at the airport at 9:45 a.m., the FAA said in a written statement.

The pilot suffered burns to his body and face, and was taken to UPMC Mercy for treatment.

Authorities did not release information about the plane's origin, destination or the identity of the pilot.

Allegheny County Airport Authority officials confirmed the plane did not take off from the airport and did not file a flight plan with the airport.

The Yak plane -- a Russian World War II-style aircraft painted in various blue shades with a large red Communist star -- did not have any federal registration number on its tail. County officials referred inquiries about the plane's lack of a tail number to the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board.

FAA officials referred questions about the pilot to local authorities and said that they do not release owner registration information immediately after incidents that involve injuries or fatalities.

The pilot contacted the airport's tower when he was about 20 miles east of the airport, said Jeff Martinelli, Allegheny County Airport Authority's vice president for customer relations. …

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