BOONE — None of the four passengers on a single-engine aircraft were injured after the plane ended up off the runway following an aborted takeoff on Sunday, July 21.
The incident was first reported at 1:48 p.m. Boone Police, N.C. State Highway Patrol, Boone Fire and Watauga Medics responded to the scene and helped divert traffic away from the 300 block of Bamboo Road, where the wing of the plane was resting.
According to a report filed by Boone Police Sgt. Dennis O’Neal, the pilot, identified as Christian Alvarado, stated he was attempting a takeoff when he noticed a vibration coming from the airplane’s engine.
“Alvarado reported that (the) aircraft was traveling at 60 mph and that he attempted to abort the take off,” the report stated. “Alvarado reported that the aircraft did not have sufficient distance to stop. As a result, the aircraft traveled off of the runway and struck a chain-link (fence) before coming to rest in the ditch.”
Boone Police spokesperson Sgt. Geoff Hayes said the plane was traveling from west to east and was was never airborne.
Hayes said he was unable to provide details about why the plane did not take off, pending an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The police report says the plane sustained damage to the propeller, lower engine cowling, front landing gear and both wings.
Hampton’s Body Shop also responded to the scene and removed the aircraft from the ditch and then left it secure on the property of Boone Airport.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is registered to Shoreline Aviation LLC of Centreville, Maryland.
Anna Oakes contributed reporting to this article.