CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A restored World War II plane crash landed after overshooting the runway at the Clermont County Airport.
Authorities at the scene say that the plane was at about 5,000 feet a mechanical failure occurred in the plane. The cockpit of the plane then filled up with smoke, causing the pilot to overshoot the runway, go through the fence and land on Taylor Rd., right outside the Clermont County Airport.
The pilot, 50-year-old Paul Redlich of Amelia, was the only person on board and was not injured.
The plane was a 1943 Curtiss P40M that was being restored by the Tri-State Warbird Museum located near the airport.
"It was on a test flight at the time...it was very recent, very fresh restoration, the aircraft pilot was actually out on a test flight for the aircraft," says Lt. Wayne Price with Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Taylor Road, near the airport, was closed for about four hours as crews worked to clean up the scene.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.