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There were no reported injuries following a rough aircraft landing at Accomack County Airport at about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

'A gust of wind grabbed the wing, and she just rolled off to the side,' said William McCarter, pilot and owner of Virginia Hang Gliding and the damaged plane. The company is based in at the airport.

The small yellow and white aircraft is used to tow hang gliders up several thousand feet, but there was no glider in tow because McCarter was conducting a routine test flight when the incident occurred.

One female passenger was on board, but McCarter said neither he nor the passenger was injured. Melfa EMS and Virginia State Police responded to the scene.

'They checked her (for injuries), just to be sure,' McCarter said.

Three individuals held up the plane's damaged wing as is was towed on a trailer behind a pickup back to the corner of the airport occupied by Virginia Hang Gliding.

Dario Lewis of Pittsburgh drove up from Virginia Beach, Virginia, arriving shortly after the crash. Lewis had booked a hang gliding session at 10 a.m. to celebrate his June 20 birthday, but was running late, and arrived about 10:45 a.m.

'It could have been me,' he said, relieved, but disappointed his birthday flight wasn't going to happen.

McCarter said he expects to be back in business within a couple of days.

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