August 1st, 2012|
August 1, 2012
An aviation crash was averted Tuesday in Farmington, Minnesota, according to the Farmington Independent.
The 61-year-old pilot walked away from the crash, requiring only stitches for a cut. The Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows marveled at the man’s piloting abilities. “More often than not, you have pretty serious injuries or fatalities in these situations,” Bellows said. “I give a lot of credit to the pilot.”
The man was bringing his experimental aircraft in for a landing on a runway on his property when things went wrong. So he had to power up and make adjustments in his landing. He climbed the aircraft back into the sky to about 1700 feet. Then he was able to take the plane down most of the way before crash landing in a cornfield.
The pilot got out of the plane and ran to a nearby farm, where he reported the incident. The aircraft was engulfed in fire by the time the Farmington Fire Department arrived.
“The pilot is very fortunate. He had a malfunction, and it took a lot of piloting skills to land without getting injured. You don’t have a lot of time to pick a landing spot when you’re coming down that fast,” Bellows said.
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