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Vintage Tuskegee Airmen plane crashes at TLH airport, runway reopened

Vintage Tuskegee Airmen plane crashes at TLH airport, runway shut down
Posted at 4:27 PM, Nov 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-07 06:02:07-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A vintage airplane crashed on the runway of Tallahassee International Airport Thursday afternoon and shut down commercial air traffic for a period of time.

Tuskegee Airmen crash site
The scene at Tallahassee International Airport as crews work to clear the crashed plane from the runway.

According to Jim Durwin, Deputy Director of Aviation at the Tallahassee International Airport, around 2:15 p.m. a P-51 Mustang crashed after leaving the runway while landing.

The plane was tied to the Tuskegee Airmen exhibit at the airport that runs until Saturday.

Tuskegee Airmen Plane crash
The plane that crashed (pictured above) was a fully restored P-51C Mustang, the iconic signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen.

No fires or leaks were reported with this crash. No injuries have been reported to the pilot or any other personnel, according to Durwin.

The airport was closed while first responders worked the crash, but has since reopened. The specific runway, 9-27, was still closed while workers clear the plane from the runway. The runway reopened at 6:43 p.m. Thursday evening.

Commercial air traffic has been suspended for the time being, with a timetable being set within the next two hours for reopening, according to Durwin.