Cessna 172 Turned Belly-Up in Tarmac Incident

Occupants uninjured after jet blast flips Cessna.

A regular training flight was flipped upside down, literally, when the blast from a nearby jet engine overturned a Cessna 172 and its two occupants in the Canadian city of Kelowna over the weekend.

The Cessna 172 and jet were taxiing at a perpendicular angle when the Cessna passed behind the jet, catching a back draft from the jet’s turbofan engine that lifted the small airplane and left it belly-up on the tarmac. Authorities credit the instructor in the 172 for quickly shutting down the engine and reducing the risk of fire directly after the flip.

Neither the instructor nor the student in the 172 were injured. Authorities have not released information regarding who was at the controls at the time of the incident.