Plane flips after takeoff; no one hurt

Posted: Friday, June 04, 2004

A privately owned Cessna 180 airplane flipped over shortly after takeoff at the Kenai Municipal Airport at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

No injuries were reported to either of the plane's two occupants.

Fairbanks pilot Robert Everts' plane flipped and hit the ground shortly after takeoff, according to Kenai police, damaging the plane's propeller, nose, both wings, tail and one wheel.

Everts and his father, Cliff Everts, were in the process of leaving Kenai shortly after attending a Kenai City Council meeting. Theyverts had just made a presentation to the council about exploring options for a possible land lease at the airport for their company, Everts Air.

Following their presentation, the two left Kenai City Hall for the airport, and shortly afterward, a number of Kenai emergency personnel rushed out of the same chambers to respond to the accident.

A company spokesperson confirmed Thursday that neither Everts were injured in the mishap. Although many parts of the 1961 aircraft were impacted, the damage was described as "minor, compression type damage" by Police Sgt. Scott McBride.

He said the north end of the runway was closed for about 2 1/2 hours while the plane was removed.

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