Small plane crashes near airport after mechanical problem, fire officials say

Published 7:14 am Wednesday, May 31, 2023

A small, private plane was forced to crash land on railroad tracks Tuesday night, Alabama fire and rescue officials reported.

Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel said a Piper Warrior plane that is often used to train new pilots landed on CSX railroad tracks after the airplane had a mechanical problems as it approached the runway at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

The crash landing occurred in the 3300 block of Vanderbilt Road.

The student pilot and his trainer were uninjured.