Paramedics load one of the people hurt in a plane crash at the Scottsdale airport onto an ambulance Monday morning.
The plane suffered extensive damage.
Courtesy of boblittlefield.com
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
A Scottsdale city councilman was one of two people injured after their plane crashed during a landing at Scottsdale Municipal Airport on Monday morning.
Robert Littlefield, who is a flight instructor, was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn where he is in good condition. The other unnamed person aboard the plane was treated for minor injuries.
The single-engine plane crashed around 9:35 a.m.
Littlefield told CBS 5 News he was practicing touch and go's when the airplane bounced. He said he instructed the pilot to "go around," which means add power and fly out, but nothing happened. Littlefield said they "had nowhere to go but down." Upon impact, Littlefield twisted out of his shoulder harness and hit the control wheel.
Littlefield said he broke his sternum and is staying overnight in the hospital for observation to make sure he didn't damage his heart.
Airport spokeswoman Sarah Ferrara said the runway was closed for the investigation. It has since reopened.
The Scottsdale crash came on the heels of a reported landing-gear malfunction on a corporate jet at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway about 6:45 a.m. Monday.
An Embraer 135 Regional Jet with 40 people on board landed without incident after the pilot reported a problem with a nose wheel.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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