Banner plane flips in Woodbine

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WOODBINE – Two men walked away after their small plane flipped over on the runway at the Woodbine Municipal Airport on Sunday, April 27, an airport official said.

Robert Lambert, 46, of Newtown, Pa., and Christopher Hooper, 31, of Mays Landing, were in a banner-tow plane, according to the state police. The accident occurred while they were attempting a ground loop, said Wayne Rumble, maintenance manager at the Woodbine airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a ground loop is an uncontrolled turn while the aircraft is on the ground that may occur while taxiing or taking off, but especially after landing while the plane is still moving. It can be done deliberately, or when a cross–wind catches the wing on the plane.

“It was an instructor teaching a banner-tow pilot,” said Rumble. “He did a ground loop and the plane flipped over.”

Trooper Alina Spies, a spokeswoman for the state police, identified the instructor as Lamberti. Hooper was identified as the student. The accident was reported to the police at 3:43 p.m.

Spies said that there were no injuries and that both men refused any medical treatment.

According to Spies, the FAA is investigating the incident.

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