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Pilot accidentally lands on old St. George Airport runway

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photo courtesy of St. George News

ST GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A pilot traveling from Washington State mistakenly landed on the site of the old St. George Airport, according to a report in the St. George News.

Police and firefighters from St. George received a call at 5 p.m. Saturday night from the Dixie Technical College after they reported seeing a small single airplane land on the runway. 

A pilot and one passenger were on board the single-engine Rallye Commodore.

The pilot told first responders he was following computerized navigation which showed the aircraft was close to an airport. When the pilot had a closer visual of the old runway he realized it wasn’t an operational landing strip. The plane hit the runway, now replaced with gravel causing damage to the propeller.

The old St. George Municipal Airport closed back in 2011 after it was replaced by the new St. George Regional Airport. The Dixie Technical College now sits on the ground where the old airport stood.

There were no injuries reported and police wrote off the incident as a misunderstanding on the pilot’s part. 

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