STOW, Mass. – A World War I-era plane crashed and flipped onto its roof as the pilot attempted to land outside a military history museum in Massachusetts, officials said Sunday. The pilot was not injured.
The vintage single-engine Newport 28 was trying to land at the American Heritage Museum in Stow shortly after 11 a.m. when the front landing gear failed, local police and fire chiefs said in a joint news release.
The pilot, who was the only person on board, ejected himself from the plane before first responders arrived, the news release said. The pilot’s name has not been released.
“The pilot did not report any injuries but was assessed at the scene as a precaution,” he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the accident.
The museum is hosting a WWI and Aviation Living History event this weekend, showcasing a 1918 Nieuport 28, billed as “the oldest flying and first American fighter,” along with other There was also a World War era aircraft.
Stowe is about 20 miles west of Boston.