Small airplane has minor damage after overrunning runway at Lexington County airport
Pelion, SC (Paul Kirby) First responders were dispatched to an incident involving a light-aircraft at the Lexington County Airport Saturday morning. The call regarding the incident came in just before noon and the county’s 911 center dispatched fire engines and an ambulance to the airport which is located in the town of Pelion. Much of the emergency equipment was quickly released to return to their stations, most of which hadn’t even arrived at the airport, when it was learned that a small plane had simply overrun the landing strip and that had done some minor damage to its running gear. According to Harrison Cahill, spokesman for Lexington County, there was no one injured in the mishap and the pilot of the aircraft reported that the damage to the plane was minor.
The airport was just reopened earlier this month after having some major renovations. The runway was widened and resurfaced, and it was also changed from asphalt to concrete. Those renovations have made the facility safer for just such an incident like the one on Saturday. It is now also able to handle heavier aircraft and was brought up to current FAA standards.