Tree Saves Cessna Pilot

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Landing in the trees is hardly ever a first choice, but it worked out for one pilot on Monday morning. Around 11:30 a.m. local time, a pilot flying a rental Cessna 172 from Robertson Airport crashed into a tree in the parking lot of an industrial equipment company adjacent to the airport. Security camera footage of the Carling Technologies parking lot shows the 1981 Skyhawk appearing to enter a spin, when it collides with a tree. As the top of the tree snaps, the aircraft is spun around and strikes the ground mostly upright.

The pilot, 79-year old Manfred Forst, was reportedly taken to the hospital, but released after evaluation with no significant injuries. "I was very fortunate I got out of it without any real injuries," Forst told his local NBC affiliate. "I'm just so thankful." Initial reports suggest a small fuel leak, possibly from a fuel sump, may have led to a loss of engine power.

Comments (1)

Any landing you can walk away from....lucky man!

Posted by: Michael Livote | September 13, 2017 6:04 AM    Report this comment

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