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Weather storms damage local airport

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Sunday night’s storms damaged a plane at one local airport.

High winds at the Upshur County Regional Airport caused a tied down plane to be flown roughly 100 feet through the air.

According to the National Weather Service, winds last night reached as high as 74 miles per hour at the airport.

Maintenance crew at the airport said the landing gear was completely torn off, while both wings as well as the plane’s nose gear were also damaged.

Crew members added that the plane is considered a total loss.

“And we don’t know exactly what happened because we weren’t here, but speculation is that it broke one side loose, wind caught it, picked it up, maybe slammed it back down, broke the other side and it was airbourne at some point and time because the ground isn’t tore up where it landed,” said Jaime Wilt of Upshur County Regional Airport. “So, it was airbourne and came down right where its setting now.”

Officials say they aren’t who the place belonged to.

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