Scottsdale councilman aboard plane that slid off runway

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by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 10 at 9:27 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale City Councilman Robert “Bob” Littlefield was on board a small plane that slid off a runway Monday morning.

The incident happened as the single-engine aircraft was doing a touch-and-go maneuver at Scottsdale Airport at about 9:30 a.m.

Littlefield, who is a flight instructor, was flying with the plane's new owner, helping him get familiar with it. They were on their fifth touch-and-go maneuver when they came in hard and were unable to get enough power to pull up. The plane slid off the runway.

There is a fire station located at the airport and staff immediately responded to the incident.

The two men were transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Littlefield said he cracked his sternum when his chest hit the control wheel. He said he hopes to be out of the hospital in time for Tuesday night's Scottsdale City Council meeting.

The pilot was treated and released from the hospital. That person's name has not been released.

The front of the plane and the two wings were badly damaged.

The runway was closed for about two and a half hours during the investigation.

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