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CHESTERFIELD • A single-engine plane went off the end of a runway this afternoon at Spirit of St. Louis Airport but no one was hurt, authorities said.

The plane did not catch fire and the pilot was not hurt, said Assistant Chief John Borgmann of the Monarch Fire Protection District. The accident occurred about 1:45 p.m.

John Bales, airport director, said the lightweight plane is an experimental taildragger that rolled off the end of the runway into the grass while landing. Initially, it appeared the plane's nose gear had collapsed but Bales said the nose of the plane tipped forward when it hit the grass. The pilot got out and uprighted the plane.

Several emergency vehicles were dispatched but quickly turned around after authorities determined the pilot was OK.

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