Plane Hits Car at Roanoke Airport

Fourth incident involving a plane at the Roanoke airport since Sept. 23

A plane attempting to land at the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke hit a car on a road adjacent to the runway Saturday afternoon.

Two people inside the car were hurt. This is the fourth recent incident involving an aircraft at the Roanoke airport in the last two months.

The Department of Public Safety told NBC 5 the plane was trying to land when it hit a Volvo SUV. 

"A 2005 Cessna Skyhawk was landing south on the runway," said DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel. "[The SUV] vehicle was on the airport property, what they call the perimeter road, and crossed in front of the aircraft. The aircraft landing gear hit the top portion of the SUV that was traveling on that perimeter road. The aircraft lost its landing gear and crashed here on the runway."

The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene and taking over the investigation.

The pilot, William Davis of Flower Mound, was not injured.  DPS identified the two people inside the car as Frank and Heather Laudo of Flower Mound. They were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Roanoke is about 25 miles northwest of Dallas in Denton County.

This is the fourth incident involving a plane from the airport in the past two months. On Oct. 12, pilot Phillip Witt suffered minor cuts and bruises when his biplane crashed into a pasture near the airport.

On Oct. 6, four members of a Southlake family died in a crash. The plane carrying Leonard Ledet, his brother Greg and sons Paul and Mason originated from Northwest Regional Airport. It crashed in Van Zandt County.

On Sept. 23, a pilot and flight instructor died when their plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Northwest Regional Airport. The incident killed flight instructor Charlie Yates and pilot Christopher Pratt.

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