Mountain Empire Airport

A small private airplane suffered minor damage Tuesday evening when taking off at Mountain Empire Airport in Groseclose.

According to the Virginia State Police, the agency was called to the airport at 6:39 p.m. for a report of a disabled aircraft. The plane was taxiing down the runway when a wheel came off which caused the plane to slide off into the grass.

The pilot was not injured and the FAA was notified.

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