Crashed

Michael Moore / Sentinel Staff

Monadnock Aviation manager Chris DeLaVergne relays information at the site of a small plane crash at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on Saturday afternoon. A strong crosswind during landing is thought to be the reason for the crash. Neither the pilot nor a passenger was injured, but the small plane was damaged.

NORTH SWANZEY — A small plane had a rough — and likely expensive — landing at the Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport Saturday afternoon.

Keene Fire Chief Mark F. Howard said the single-engine recreational aircraft was coming in from the south to land at the airport when it went off the west side of the main runway.

Two people were on the plane, but no injuries were reported, he said.

However, the plane took down at least five lights along the runway, which caused damage to the aircraft, he said.

He said airport staff were contacting the Federal Aviation Administration to report the crash.

Chris De LaVergne, a manager with Monadnock Aviation, said the plane sustained moderate damage, but it would be hard to determine if it was salvageable until a mechanic looked at it.

He said he couldn’t release information about who owns the plane, which was company policy.

Airport Manager John G. “Jack” Wozmak, in a phone message left Saturday evening, referred all inquires about the crash to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash was reported at 4:30 p.m.; members of the Keene and Swanzey fire departments responded to the scene.

Meghan Foley can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1436, or mfoley@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter @MFoleyKS.