- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Officials say a small plane was forced to land beyond the runway just after takeoff from an eastern Pennsylvania airport, but no one was injured.

Executive Director Charles Everett Jr. of the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority said the four-seat Mooney M20J experienced engine trouble moments after takeoff from Queen City Airport in Allentown just after 1 p.m. Monday.

He said the pilot then set the plane down in the grass just beyond the end of the runway, and the aircraft was caught by a 10-foot cyclone fence 20 yards from Interstate 78.

Officials said the pilot and his passenger were unharmed. Everett said the plane sustained major damage to its nose and both wings.

Officials said the airport continued to operate normally with no changes to air traffic.


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