Plane Crashes into Tree, Pilot Survives with Minor Injuries

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Plane Crashes into Tree, Pilot Survives with Minor Injuries

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Plane Crashes into Tree, Pilot Survives with Minor Injuries

By Ofonime Essien

Tree saves Manfred Forst

© Provided by ABC News Plane crashes into tree in car park

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, Manfred Forst, the 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.

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The pilot, 79-year old Manfred Forst, was reportedly taken to the hospital, but released after evaluation with no significant injuries. Mr Forst, who was flying solo, escaped with only minor 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.”

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It is understood Manfred Forst was heading out for breakfast when his single-engine Cessna hit a tree before ending up in a car park.

At the scene, fire crews looked into a small fuel leak after the crash. Initial reports suggest a small fuel leak, possibly from a fuel sump, may have led to a loss of engine power. US aviation authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

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The single-engine plane was registered to a flight school based at a nearby airport.

This is the eighth small plane crash of the year in Connecticut.

A total of six people died in the other crashes.







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Ofonime Essien

Mr. Ofonime A. Essien, is a Helicopter Pilot. He is also a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), a Computer Forensics Expert, a Blogger, Web Master, a Writer and an Entrepreneur. He is an avid reader. He likes motivating others to achieve their dreams through writing and speaking.

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