A light plane experienced a faulty landing at John Wayne Airport on Friday evening, though the pilot was uninjured in the incident, officials said.
The Piper J-3 Cub’s tail had dragged on the tarmac during landing, causing the single-engine propeller plane to do a small spin on the runway before coming to a halt, said Deanne Thompson, spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport.
The accidental maneuver, called a taildragger ground loop, usually is not dangerous, Thompson said.
Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to the Irvine airport at about 5:30 p.m.
The pilot was able to exit the plane on his own and was not injured, said fire Capt. Daniel Yeh.
Firefighters and airport workers towed the small plane into a garage to check the aircraft for any possible damage, Thompson said.
Earlier this week at John Wayne, a light plane experienced mechanical issues with its landing gears, causing the twin-engine Piper Comanche to skid along the runway. The plane’s pilot and passenger were not injured.
Source: Orange County Register