Pilot Has Minor Injuries in Stead Crash

RENO, NV - A pilot was transferred to a hospital with minor injuries after a plane crash Friday morning at the Reno-Stead Airport.

The pilot was attempting to land on runway 14 around 9:15am. There was some sort of equipment failure that prevented the plane from slowing down. It veered off the end of the runway where it became tangled in a mid-air communications cable.

"We certainly can't speculate on what occurred, but apparently the aircraft upon landing overshot the runway, went through what we call a clear zone area, that we are standing in right now and then went off the ravine behind me, " said Brian Kulpin, airport spokesman.

The pilot was flying a MiG-21 Vietnam era Soviet plane. The plane is owned by MiG of Delaware, but has been at the Stead Airport for a number of years. It's unclear who the pilot was, or when the plane was last serviced.


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