WASHINGTON TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Two pilots escaped serious injury Thursday after making an emergency landing in a busy Washington Township roadway.
Around 4 pm, reports began coming in of a plane crash in the area of W. Spring Valley Pike and Yankee Street. First responders arrived and found that a small aircraft had made an emergency landing in the roadway, and had struck a car in the process.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 2 NEWS that two female pilots had left the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport Thursday morning for a private flight to the Michigan area in a 1979 Piper fixed wing single-engine plane. They were headed back to the airport when they lost power upon descent.
Realizing they needed to act quickly, the pilot turned away from the airport with the intention of landing the plane in a nearby cornfield. They then noticed high-tension powerlines in their path, prompting the pilot to take evasive action and attempt a landing in the roadway instead.
Before the aircraft could come to a complete stop, it ran into the back of a BMW that was within the intersection. The driver of that car was not injured.
A witness called 911 to report the incident:
Both pilots are believed to be from the Miami Valley and suffered only minor injuries. They were taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol has identified 27-year-old Alexandra Robau, of Beavercreek, as the pilot-in-command while 26-year-old Corrine Barnes, of Miamisburg, was the other pilot.
The pilot behind the wheel has a private pilot license, while her passenger has her commercial pilot certificate.
Once the two realized an emergency landing would be necessary, the commercial-certified pilot took over the controls.
“Together, they were able to at least land in a safer environment, but certainly, there were all kinds of potential hazards with the high-tension power lines, which I don’t know how they cleared, but we’re glad they did so,” said Sgt. Kramer.
The FAA is investigating the incident, and the exact cause of the power failure is unclear at this time.
FAA records indicate that a registration certificate was issued for the plane on October 9, 2019 to GC Aviation Services, LLC. However, Sgt. Kramer with the Ohio State Highway Patrol says October is often a popular month for aircraft owners to renew their certificates, and likely has no bearing on the condition of the plane itself.
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