A light plane experienced a faulty landing at John Wayne Airport on Friday evening, though the pilot was uninjured in the incident, officials said.

The Piper J-3 Cub’s tail had dragged on the tarmac during landing, causing the single-engine propeller plane to do a small spin on the runway before coming to a halt, said Deanne Thompson, spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport.

The accidental maneuver, called a taildragger ground loop, usually is not dangerous, Thompson said.

Orange County Fire Authority firefighters responded to the Irvine airport at about 5:30 p.m.

The pilot was able to exit the plane on his own and was not injured, said fire Capt. Daniel Yeh.

Firefighters and airport workers towed the small plane into a garage to check the aircraft for any possible damage, Thompson said.

Earlier this week at John Wayne, a light plane experienced mechanical issues with its landing gears, causing the twin-engine Piper Comanche to skid along the runway. The plane’s pilot and passenger were not injured.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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