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Plane flips over upon landing at Gillespie Field; pilot, passenger OK

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The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a single-engine Piper J-4A nosed over after landing at Gillespie Field today, substantially damaging the plane but sparing the pilot and the passenger from any injuries.

At 11:51 a.m., the small, fixed wing plane came in for a landing at one of the airport's runways when it nosed over and came to rest upside down, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

There was no fire during the incident, a Heartland Fire dispatcher said. The aircraft, which had 15 gallons of fuel when it landed, was leaking fuel, she said, but the amount of fuel that leaked is not known.

Neither of the two people on board was injured, officials said. The aircraft, with tail number N24536, is registered to John J. McGee of Del Mar, but Gregor did not know if he was on the plane during the incident.

The Piper J-4A was substantially damaged, including its rudder, according to Gregor. The plane departed from Gillespie Field sometime Saturday morning for a local flight, he said.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, but neither agency is sending investigators to Gillespie Field this weekend, he said.

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