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BATON ROUGE - Airport officials said no one was hurt when a WWII-era plane wrecked on the runway at the Baton Rouge Regional Airport Wednesday.

Airport spokesperson Jim Caldwell said the plane "nosed over" on the runway when it was landing, flipping vertical onto it's nose. The plane rain into crushed concrete at the end of the runway, designed to stop a plane before it goes out onto the road.

Crews took their time inspecting the plane and hoisted it down by the tail.

Caldwell said only one person, the pilot, was on board at the time and was not hurt. He said traffic at the airport was not affected by the incident.

Vintage aircraft enthusiasts on hand when the plane wrecked said the German fighter was worth millions.

"It's pretty upsetting considering, knowing all the work that that group has put into that aircraft," said Joshua Lea. "They spent years restoring it and it looks like they're going to have some more years or repairing it."

The plan is an FW190A-8 and was built in the 1940s. Records show there are only seven of these planes left in existence.

No word yet on how much damage was done or what went wrong with the plane.

IMAGE: Josh Halley

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