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    Pilot misses Mansfield runway

    A small aircraft hit a snowbank and skidded off the runway during a landing Saturday morning at Mansfield Municipal Airport. The pilot, the only person aboard the plane, was not injured, according to Mansfield Police. Damage to the plane was estimated at $45,000. According to police, the student pilot was practicing landings in a single-engine Cessna 172 about 9:40 a.m. The pilot flew too low, and the plane’s wheels hit a snowbank 180 yards away from the preferred landing area, damaging the landing gear. The plane then skidded 200 yards down the runway and into the snow. The Federal Aviation Agency was investigating, said Kathleen Bergen, an FAA spokeswoman. According to the FAA registry, the aircraft is registered under Easy Flyer Aviation Inc. (AP)