A 727 cargo plane steered off the taxiway into the grass Tuesday night at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, Manager Rob Barnett said.

The pilot was making a right turn when the aircraft inadvertently went into the grass, Barnett said. The plane was carrying cargo for a local manufacturing company.

The Bowling Green Fire Department responded at 10:25 p.m. with one truck and four personnel, BGFD public information officer Marlee Boenig said.

Personnel spent about five hours last night unloading cargo from the plane in order to make the plane lighter and easier to transport back onto the pavement, Barnett said.

Once the plane is removed from the grass, maintenance personnel will perform a full inspection of the plane’s right side before they authorize the aircraft to fly out again. The plane remained in the grass as of press time.

Theft — At 2 a.m. today, Bowling Green police were called to the 1000 block of Magnolia Street after the driver of a Southside Towing free sober ride home bus reported a theft, BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said.

The driver told police that one of the riders snatched the tip jar and ran from the bus with another rider, Ward said. One of the men ran into a nearby home. When police arrived, the driver pointed out the house. Officers knocked on the door and were told that the suspect was not inside. They asked for consent to search the home but were denied.

Due to the crime being a misdemeanor that was not committed in the presence of a police officer, police did not have probable cause to search the home without a warrant, Ward said.

No arrests were made.

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