NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Officials blamed wind for causing an airplane to slide off the end of an airport runway early Saturday evening (June 25).

According to Tpr. Clinton Armstrong of the New Philadelphia Post of the State Highway Patrol, Richard Duncan, 61, of New Concord, attempted to land his Cherokee 160 single-engine aircraft at Harry Clever Field southeast of the city shortly before 6 p.m.

Duncan reported he touched down when a gust of wind forced his aircraft airborne. He tried again to land, but lacked sufficient room to bring the aircraft to a safe stop.

The plane slid off end of the runway and sustained a broken landing gear.

The plane also damaged an airport marker light.

Neither Duncan nor anyone on the ground reported injuries. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

Law enforcement officials contacted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). FAA officials instructed troopers to photograph the scene and document relevant information then move the aircraft from the area.

Troopers cleared the scene at 7:52 p.m.

No charges have been filed. The investigation continued.