Pilot misses runway, hits 4 light towers at Rowan airport

The Rowan County Airport
The Rowan County Airport WBTV

Four light towers were damaged at the Rowan County Airport late Monday night after a fuel problem caused the pilot to make a hard landing 500 feet short of the runway.

The pilot and two passengers were not hurt in the landing, according to the report at the Rowan Sheriff's Office.

The pilot had radioed that he was having engine trouble after switching fuel tanks. According to the report, the plane, a single engine Piper, lost power while landing, striking four light towers and stopping short of the runway.

The FAA is investigating the incident.