Ottumwa airport

Courier file photo

A file photo of the Ottumwa Regional Airport. Depending on the results of a survey that went live today, the airport could get a lot busier.

OTTUMWA — Authorities said a pilot was fortunate to walk away from a crash this weekend at Ottumwa Regional Airport.

The Ottumwa Fire Department responded to the airport at 10:50 a.m. Saturday after the plane flipped upon landing. Officials said it apparently suffered a malfunction in the landing gear upon landing.

The name of the pilot has not been released. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates aircraft incidents, did not have a report in its online docket as of Tuesday afternoon.

NTSB records gave the most recent reported incident at Ottumwa Regional Airport as taking place three years ago, in September 2016.

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