WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) – The pilot of a single-engine plane that made an emergency landing on a bus-only roadway says it’s the second air crash he has survived and he’s considering giving up flying.
Danny Hall, a 48-year-old roofing company owner from Torrington, Connecticut, walked away from the crash landing Saturday afternoon in West Hartford with only soreness in his back. In 2008, he landed his plane in a river after the engine failed.
On Saturday, Hall said his Skyline Cessna experienced engine problems and lost power while flying from Robertson Field in Plainville to Hartford-Brainard Airport. He radioed a controller at the Hartford airport while looking for a place to put the plane down.
“I said, ‘Tell my kids I love them if I don’t make it.’ He said, ‘OK. Good luck,”’ Hall said.
While looking for a place to land, Hall noticed a road only a few miles from the Hartford airport that didn’t have any traffic on it.
“What I thought was a road was actually the bus route I guess they just built,” he said. “I was kind of questioning why there were no cars on it, but I figure if I’m going to land a plane, I’m going to try to put it somewhere where no one is going to get hurt.” The plane narrowly missed several homes and businesses, and a wing broke off during the crash.