BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) – A wind gust is being blamed for flipping a small airplane with two people upside down on the main runway at Bellingham International Airport.

The Bellingham Herald reports the two male occupants of the single-engine plane were both walking around by the time emergency vehicles arrived on the scene Monday morning, according to Port of Bellingham spokesperson Mike Hogan.

They were checked out by paramedics.

Hogan says the incident happened when an aircraft identified as a Cessna 172 tried turning onto Runway 34 at Bellingham International Airport for takeoff.

The pilot told emergency responders the plane was hit by a gust of wind, lifting it and causing it to flip over onto its wings.

Air traffic was held while the plane was removed.

Information from: The Bellingham Herald,

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