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Pilot unhurt in emergency landing at Tuck Airport

South Boston News / May 28, 2020

A Clarksville pilot walked away unscathed after his single prop aircraft developed engine trouble and came down in an emergency landing Tuesday at William Tuck Airport.

Robert Overstreet of Clarksville, the pilot and lone occupant of the Piper Commanche, was not hurt in the incident, which happened around 2:34 p.m. Tuesday. A veteran pilot with about 10 years of flying experience, Overstreet was able to glide his craft to the ground about 100 yards short of the runway at the local airport, a short distance from South Boston. His plane came to a rest belly up in the field in front of the runway.

According to Virginia State Trooper Tanner Jones, Overstreet described suddenly losing engine power as he was approaching the airport for landing. Checking his fuel pump and going through other standard procedures, he was unable to restart the engine. Overstreet pulled up the plane’s landing gear and turned the craft around to set up the approach for an emergency landing.

“He was pretty calm about it,” said Jones, describing Overstreet’s demeanor.

On its way down, the plane’s right tail clipped an airport marker light. Tanner said he does not have a monetary estimate of damages to the aircraft, but said the Piper’s all-moving wing will have to be replaced, and the propeller also was bent from the impact. There was minor metal sheet damage to the plane’s underbelly.

The FAA has been contacted to investigate. In addition to being a pilot, Oversteet is a retired FAA controller, said Jones. His flight on Tuesday originated from the Clarksville regional airport.

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Great job Robert to walk away from this landing.

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