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Single-engine plane makes emergency landing at Victoria airport

Apr 06 2012

A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing at Victoria International Airport at 7 p.m. Thursday after the pilot reported a fire onboard.

The airport's fire/rescue crews were on the tarmac as the Mustang aircraft landed safely.

The pilot did not require medical treatment, said Terry Stewart, director of marketing at the airport.

The fire was based in the cockpit's electrical panel, said Stewart. The pilot reported having smoke and sparks inside the cabin.

"The aircraft taxied off of the runway and once it turned its engine off the fire was extinguished," Stewart said.

Mustangs are commonly used in aerobatic exercises, he said. Damage to the aircraft has not yet been assessed.

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