4 Wonded as small plane runs off runway

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A small airplane veered off the runway at the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis Sunday afternoon, crashed through a fence and plowed into a parking lot of rental cars. All four people on board the plane were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

The Cape Cod Times reported the Cirrus SR22 plane was in the process of landing when, for an unknown reason, made a sudden 90-degree turn, ran across a taxiway and crashed through a fence into a parking lot for rental cars. Four cars were damaged.

Airport officials reported the crash at 1:24 p.m.

The State Police bomb squad was called in to deactivate a pressurized parachute system attached to the plane. The chute can be deployed in the event of a problem to bring the airplane down without crashing.

The airport closed both operational runways for a safety inspection, before opening one for air traffic The runway used by the airplane was closed for a time as investigators worked. All traffic was routed to the second runway.

The incident remains under investigation, The airport management said the owner of the plane rents a hanger at the airport.

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