Pilot escapes serious injuries from plane crash
Posted By Sparta Live | October 4, 2005 12:00 am
In the picturesque setting among green grass fields and red barns of Bon Air, the pilot of a Cessna 172 fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft attempted an emergency landing in an open field when he hit a tree on the way down.
The pilot, lone occupant of the plane, crashed at approximately 12:19 p.m., Sept. 30, 2005.
One of the wings was sheared off by contact with the tree causing the plane to tumble into the field, finally coming to rest on its top.
The pilot, identified as Thomas F. Haskell, 44, of Calcium, N.Y., was transported to White County Community Hospital emergency room by ambulance, with several broken ribs and an injured knee.
The plane went down just off Highway 70, southeast of BonDeCroft Elementary School.
According to the report by Deputy Darrin Gongaware, Haskell was traveling from Alabama, where he had recently purchased the plane, to his home in New York, when he experienced engine trouble and lost power.
Rocky Davidson, FAA investigator, said he is “looking into” why the engine failed. He is also “looking closely” at the fuel system.
The FAA is in charge of the investigation. White County Sheriff Department and EMA secured the scene until investigators arrived.