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|Pilot uninjured in airport landing mishap|
The Concordia Parish Airport was closed briefly Saturday after a 1941 WACO Bi-Plane flipped when the left gear collapsed.
Al Womack of Jackson, La., was piloting the plane when the accident occurred.
Carl Sayers, Chairman of the Concordia Parish Airport Authority, witnessed the accident. He said he immediately closed the airport and notified emergency personnel.
Sayers said the Concordia Sheriff's Office and Concordia Parish Fire District No. 2 were on the scene within three minutes.
"Thankfully, EMS and fire department personnel were not needed as Mr. Womack was not injured and there was no fire," said Sayers.
After consultation with the Federal Aviation Authority and with the help of fellow pilots and volunteers working with Curtis' Wrecker Service, Sayers said the aircraft was up-righted and moved off the runway to an adjacent ramp area.
The airport was re-opened within three hours of the accident.
Sayers said Womack said he "would rather have seen himself injured than his old bird but he would re-build her to fly again."
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