Small plane pilot manages emergency crash landing on Florida road

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 29 (UPI) -- A small plane pilot and his passenger are expected to recover fully from non-life-threatening injuries resulting from a dramatic crash-landing on a Florida street.

The Gainesville Police Department said the single engine Cessna pilot reported experiencing a problem in flight shortly after noon Sunday and attempted an emergency landing on Waldo Road in Gainesville a few moments later.

The pilot, Walter Amon, 61, and an unidentified passenger were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the rough crash landing. Police said they are expected to recover fully.

Police shared a photo of the crash's aftermath on Facebook.

"It still amazes me that the pilot was able to land this plane in the middle of a major highway for Gainesville and not hit any other cars, people, pedestrians, or buildings in the area," Lt. Tscharna Senn with the Gainesville Police Department told WJXT-TV. "To me that is an amazing feat. But that is what happened."

(ROAD BACK OPEN) WALDO ROAD CLOSED AFTER SMALL PLANE CRASH LANDS: Shortly after noon, a small plane reported a problem...

Posted by Gainesville Police Department on Sunday, February 28, 2016
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