Plane lands in ditch near South Bend Intl. Airport

Published: Sep. 12, 2017 at 2:04 PM EDT
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Dispatchers confirm that a plane missed a runway and landed in a ditch at South Bend International Airport.

It happened at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

South Bend Police say the plane was coming in from Kansas City when it grazed a SUV that was going west near the Bypass. Moments later, the plane, carrying a husband and wife, crashed in the ditch southwest of the runway.

Police say no one was injured, adding the pilot intended to fuel his plane at South Bend International Airport before continuing the trip to Minnesota.

South Bend Police Lt. Gene Eyster said he rarely hears about plane crashes happening in the city.

"In my career, this is only the third or fourth one we’ve had. We’re very fortunate this airport has a very high safety standard and history of inspections and emergency equipment," said Eyster.

Federal air and traffic investigators are taking over the case to see what caused the plane to crash.

Neither the plane nor the SUV were significantly damaged.