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Plane Hits Tree; Pilot, 79, Walks Away (Video)

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 10:10 AM

A small plane hit a tree, but the pilot, 79, was able to walk away after crashing in a parking lot near Robertson Field Airport in Plainville, Connecticut, on Monday morning.

Authorities told the television station that office found that the 1981 Cessna 172 behind a business at 11:24 a.m. after it crashed. The pilot, Manfred Forst, 79, told WVIT-TV that he was going to breakfast when he crashed.

Emergency personnel transported Forst, a native of Germany, to the Hospital of Central Connecticut with minor injuries, according to Plainville Police.

"I was very fortunate I got out of it without any real injuries," said Forst, who told WVIT-TV that he gave his wife a big kiss when he got home. "I'm just so thankful."

The crash was caught by a surveillance camera, showing the airplane hit a tree and seemingly pulling it to the ground, noted WVIT-TV.

Dave Thayer, who visits Robertson Airport to watch landings and takeoffs, was near the northern end of the airport's parking lot when he saw Forst's airplane, the Hartford Courant reported. Thayer told the newspaper that the plane was low and approaching from the south, but suddenly turned west, away from the runway.

"I knew he had a problem," Thayer told the Courant. "It was wavering, it was going very slow. I heard the bang and knew that he went down."

A Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident, the newspaper said. Authorities said that Interstate Aviation, which runs day-to-day operations at the town-owned airport, had rented the plane to Forst at the time, the Courant said.

Aviation expert Michael Teiger told WTIC-TV that regardless of how careful pilots are, accidents are bound to happen.

"Aviation in and of itself is a safe experience for people who follow the rules. Of course there are human errors that happen where mistakes are gonna happen and that's the human element of flying, but aviation in and of itself is safe," Teiger told WTIC-TV.

"The FAA sets up tremendous rules and regulations for what pilots are supposed to do and not do, we go through extensive checks before we take off, we're supposed to have recurring training, we’re supposed to have our aircraft checked on a regular basis either annually or bi-annually so there are a lot of checks and balances that are much different than driving a car," Teiger continued.

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