The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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August 28, 2013

Name of pilot involved in Monday crash released

PALESTINE — Law enforcement officials have released the name of the pilot who made an emergency landing at the local airport this week.

Ryne Bergren, of Jacksonville, was the only person occupying the 1985 Piper Malibu single-engine plane that landed just shy of the end of the runway at Palestine Municipal Airport around noon Monday.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said FAA officers continue to investigate the incident and hope to have a determination made in the next two to three weeks, according to FAA spokesman Terry Molinado.

“These things take some time,” he said.

Gaylon Addkison, owner of Palestine Jet Center, the airport’s refueling station, said on Monday after departing from Jacksonville, Bergren reportedly experienced engine failure and tried to make an emergency landing at the Palestine airport.

“After he landed, he was trying to slow down when the nose gear collapsed,” Addkison said. “But there were no injuries and no fatalities — any landing you walk away from is a good one.”


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