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Richard Rockefeller, of Maine, killed in crash

Richard Rockefeller

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Student pilot not injured
Mansfield Police Department

MANSFIELD, Mass. — Mansfield police and firefighters responded to Mansfield Municipal Airport Saturday morning after a student pilot came in too low and skidded off the runway.

The pilot was able to walk away without injury, police said.

Police said the pilot was practicing landings at about 9:30 a.m. when the 2003 Cessna C-172S came up 180 yards short of the preferred landing area on the runway. The plane went into a skid after its wheels hit a snow bank and the right side landing gear snapped.

Damage to the plane was estimated at $45,000.

Police said an investigation is pending.