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Pilot Escapes Injury Following “Hard Landing” In Rainbow City

A man whose plane made an unscheduled landing at a tree line, walked away without a scratch.

It happened in the Riddles Bend Community in Rainbow City.

Firefighters say the pilot told them he developed engine trouble in his Bellanca 8KCAB single engine plane.

According to Rainbow City Fire Captain Robert McKary, the pilot told stated that he was having engine trouble and was trying to make it back to a private field. He told firefighters the plane’s landing gear slid in some wet grass, and he wasn’t able to stop it. The plane came to rest against two trees on a treeline, on the Gibbs Farm.

McKary says the pilot had already turned off the plane’s ignition and climbed out of the plane when they arrived, and he seemed calm.

Federal investigators have already been on the scene to conduct their investigation into what pilots and other aviation experts call a “hard landing.”

WBRC FOX 6 NEWS

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Joey Weaver

Joey Weaver has worked for WEIS Radio in Centre as the Assistant News Director since 2008 covering news in Northeast Alabama and Northwest Georgia.

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