Small Plane Crashes at Manassas Regional Airport

Thursday, Aug 22, 2013  |  Updated 1:12 PM EDT
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A single-engine Cesna 172 crashed on a runway around 9:28 a.m. Thursday. The pilot was the only person aboard.

Tony Tull

A single-engine Cesna 172 crashed on a runway around 9:28 a.m. Thursday. The pilot was the only person aboard.

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A small plane crashed and overturned Thursday morning while attempting to land at Manassas Regional Airport.

Virginia State Police say 35-year-old Sahel Abdulrahim Bader of Fairfax, Va., crashed his single-engine Cesna 172 on a runway around 9:28 a.m. Bader was practicing take offs and landings at the time.

He was the only person aboard and was not injured, a spokesperson for the city of Manassas said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Firefighters had to contain a fuel leak shortly after the crash, but less than 10 gallons of fuel were spilled, reported News4's Tony Tull.

Fire and rescue units from the city of Manassas, Prince William County and the Manassas Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

The runway involved in the crash has been shut down until Virginia State Police finish their investigation and the aircraft is removed. The Federal Aviation Administration is also on the scene.

Manassas Regional Airport is popular with private planes and helicopters. Other runways at the airport remain open.

UPDATE, 10:11 a.m.: News4's @Tony_Tull is on the scene. Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more as the story develops.

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