Wind gust flips over small plane at John Wayne Airport

Private planes parked at John Wayne Airport.
A Cessna 172 flipped over when a gust of wind swept through John Wayne Airport Monday morning. No injuries were reported. Above, private planes are shown parked at the airport.
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A gust of wind flipped over a single-engine plane at John Wayne Airport Monday morning, but the pilot avoided any injury.

The Cessna 172 was taxiing down a runway at the airport when the wind pushed the nose down, said AnnaSophia Servin, a spokeswoman for John Wayne Airport. The pilot got out, and while checking out the plane, a gust flipped it over just before 8:50 a.m., Servin said.

The plane was towed to the side while the airfield was closed for about 20 minutes, Servin said. The runway was reopened just after 9:30 a.m., she added.