Plane hits car on landing at Texas airport

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ROANOKE — The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a sport utility vehicle had a hole punched in its roof by a small plane Saturday morning.

No one was seriously hurt.

The accident happened at Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, which is linked to three other incidents in the past six weeks, including two fatal crashes that killed a total of six people.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel said the 2005 Cessna Skyhawk was coming in for a landing when its landing gear struck a 2008 Volvo SUV that was traveling on an perimeter road at the airport around 10:50 a.m.

The plane skidded off the runway and into a grassy area about 75 yards from the point of impact. Pilot William Davis of Flower Mound was not hurt, but the aircraft was damaged.

The occupants of the SUV, Frank and Heather Laudo of Flower Mound, were taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Haschel said.

Four people died on October 7 when their plane crashed in Van Zandt County after taking off from Northwest Regional Airport.

On September 11, two people were killed after their small plane crashed in a wooded area shortly after takeoff from Northwest Regional Airport.

And on October 11, a small plane landed upside-down after its engine cut out shortly after takeoff. The pilot was able to walk away.

'We've just been hit by an airplane!'