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Henderson State University plane lands upside-down on runway
Henderson State University plane lands upside-down on runway

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Henderson State University airplane was forced to land upside-down on a runway Thursday afternoon. 

According to Tonya Oaks Smith with the university, the Maule MXT-7-180A was blown by a sudden crosswind off the centerline as it was touching down at Dexter B. Florence Memorial Field. 

She said the rain-softened ground caused the plane to land on its back.  The aviation student is said to have been treated for minor injuries at the scene, and the flight instructor was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia for observation.  He has since been released. 

The Federal Aviation Authority is investigating the incident, and Arkadelphia Municipal Airport will remain closed until the aircraft is removed. 

Smith said flight instructors will meet Friday morning, and the university's planes will remain grounded until affter the meeting. 

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