Connecticut Pilot Treed

Thursday, September 4, 2008
By George Hatcher


What: 1930s single-engine de Havilland Tiger Moth
Where: East Windsor, Conn
When: Saturday August 30
Who: pilot and passenger
Why: The plane lost power 200 feet from the runway at the Skylark Airpark Saturday. The pilot and passenger crashed in treetops and were stuck in the tree until help arrived. A tree surgeon climbed the tree, and set up a pulley to rescue the pilot and passenger who were apparently unhurt. The pilot was an instructor who “maintained an airspeed where he was in control and buffeted [the plane] into the top of the trees. That’s what saved both their lives.”

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