ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The pilot of a home-built airplane escaped injury Tuesday when a gust of wind blew the craft off the runway as he was landing at Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque.
The pilot, whose name has not been released, was on his third approach for landing when the crash happened, Daniel Jiron of the city of Albuqurque's Aviation Department said.
The pilot was making a fuel stop at about 2:15 p.m. and is not from Albuquerque, Jiron added.
There was no fire, but he plane is believed to be a total loss. As a home-built plane, it was registered as an experimental aircraft.
The crash occurred off Runway 17, and the airport remained open with traffic using Runway 04/22.
Officials are awaiting the Federal Aviation Administration to further investigate the crash and remove the plane.
Double Eagle II Airport is on Albuquerque's northwest mesa.
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