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Landing gear fails, causing plane crash

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An airplane was involved in a minor crash at Columbus Municipal Airport on Sunday when its landing gear failed and collapsed, Columbus Fire Department spokesman Lt. Mike Wilson said.

The rough landing happened about 5:24 p.m. The plane did not catch fire, and there were no injuries, Wilson said.

Larry Morlock, of the 3400 block of Woodland Place, Columbus, was attempting to land his 1992 Stolp V-Star on Runway 14 when the landing arm collapsed on touchdown, causing the plane to spin down the runway, Wilson said.

Morlock, the plane’s only occupant, was exiting the plane as firefighters arrived at the scene, Wilson said.

Wilson said Morlock told firefighters that the plane was valued at $12,000 before the crash.

Capt. Mike Sieverding, in charge of Station 2 next to the airport and the first on the scene, said the plane suffered significant damage, Wilson said.

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