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Airport, FAA: Plane's power failed before landing, flipping

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The small aircraft missed the runway and flipped when it landed on the airport grounds. The small aircraft missed the runway and flipped when it landed on the airport grounds.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

More details have been revealed about a small plane that missed the runway and flipped over at Huntsville International Airport.

The small plane went down around 8:30 p.m. Monday night. Tuesday, more details were released about the plane. It is registered to Redstone Arsenal Flying Activity, a club on the arsenal that provides flying lessons.

Airfield Manager John Burkhead released a statement saying, "Safety is our number-one objective at the Redstone Army Airfield. All of the flying activity aircraft are maintained and certified in accordance with FAA standards."

Redstone officials said their aircraft were using the runway at Huntsville International because theirs is closed for lighting upgrades. Redstone's runway is scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

Airport and FAA officials said the plane's power went out just before landing. It caused the plane to miss the runway altogether and flip over.

The air traffic control expert we spoke to said it sounded as if the plane landed about a half-mile short and that it was not immediately located. We are told it sounded as if two planes in the air tried to help officials find the stricken aircraft.

Air traffic control recordings indicate controllers were initially not sure where the plane crash-landed. Planes in the air nearby, as well as rescue crews, looked for the plane's lights and listened for emergency signals. At one point, crews can be heard saying the signal is getting louder - meaning they are getting closer.

"Yeah, we do see that. We see his light flashing out there so we know he is on the ground out there. And I think I see movement, so we have the rescue crew going out there now," says a voice on the recording.

The FAA and the NTSB are still investigating the situation.

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