Plane Experiences Mechanical Issues at Air Show

The vintage military plane had mechanical troubles at the Wings Over Gillespie air show Sunday

By Monica Garske
|  Sunday, Jun 3, 2012  |  Updated 4:19 PM PDT
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The Wings Over Gillespie air show was held on Sunday.

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A vintage military plane experienced some sort of mechanical failure at the Wings Over Gillespie air show at Gillespie Field Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson for the air show confirmed that a historic military plane had a problem with its landing gear around 1:30 p.m.

The pilot was able to get the plane on the ground, but the mechanical issues caused the aircraft to slide off the runway and into a grassy field, the air show spokesperson said.

The pilot was not injured in the landing, just shaken up, according to the spokesperson.

However, the plane was extensively damaged and had to be hauled away with a crane. The spokesperson said damages to the vintage aircraft were estimated in the multi-millions.

The spokesperson confirmed the Federal Aviation Administration was on site immediately following the landing, as they are typically on standby to handle these types of situations at air show events.

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