PLAINVILLE – A plane crashed into a parking lot near Robertson Airport Monday morning.
The crash was reported at about 11:30 a.m. According to emergency responders, one person was in the single engine aircraft and he was not hurt. He has not been identified.
The aircraft belongs to Interstate Aviation, Inc. - an airplane rental and instructional business at the airport. A representative at the business confirmed that the plane belongs to them and that the pilot was renting it. They did not wish to comment further.
In addition to police, firefighters also responded to the scene, as a small fuel leak was caused by the impact.
Town Manager Robert E. Lee said the pilot was 80 years old and declined medical treatment at the scene. He later went to the hospital to be evaluated.
“He was very fortunate to walk away from the crash,” Lee said.
Dave Thayer, a Bristol resident, was an eyewitness to the crash. He often parks nearby Robertson to watch planes as they land. On Monday, he said he was sipping his coffee as he saw the small plane approaching.
“He was very low,” Thayer said, adding that the plane came close to some utility wires after turning away from the direction of the airport.
Just as the plane craft looked like it was going to land, according to Thayer, it made a sharp “90 degree” turn, hit a tree and spun around before it settled in the Carling Technologies Inc. parking lot, which is adjacent to the airport.
“He looked like he was going to land and all of a sudden made a really sharp turn,” Thayer said. “Luckily the guy is OK.”
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
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