Incredible Video Shows Plane Flip Over a Tree — and the Pilot Walked Away From the Crash
A pilot in Connecticut survived a dramatic crash in a parking lot, sustaining only minor injuries.
Manfred Forst, a 79-year-old pilot, was flying his plane to breakfast on Monday morning when his plane crashed into a tree in a parking lot in Plainville, Connecticut.
Security footage captured the incident, showing how Forst’s plane slammed into a tall tree and got tangled up before falling to the ground. The plane landed right-side-up although the right wing was broken.
At 11:24 a.m., police discovered the crashed 1981 Cessna 172 in a parking lot behind the regional Robertson Field airport. Forst was able to walk away from the crash, although he was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut with minor injuries. He was the only person in the airplane.
“I was very fortunate I got out of it without any real injuries,” Forst told a local NBC affiliate after the crash. “I'm just so thankful.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is still investigating the crash.
Forst’s plane crash is not the only miraculous plane crash to happen in recent history. In July, a small Cessna plane landed nose-down on the side of a highway in Maine when its engine failed. Both the pilot and his passenger walked away with only minor injuries.