Saturday, May 2, 2009
Landing In A Pile of Sh-t?
Small plane crash softened by Outhouses in Wash state
May 02 2009 12:15PM CST
A small airplane dropping from the sky after its engine failed wound up on a cushioning bunch of portable toilets _ and the pilot was able to walk away apparently unhurt, except for a strong odor.
Gary Mayor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the Cessna 182 crashed Friday afternoon in Washington state after taking off from Thun Field, an airfield owned by Pierce County southeast of Tacoma.
Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says the plane was about 150 feet in the air when the engine quit.
Troyer told The News Tribune that the pilot tried to turn around to land but didn't quite make it.
The plane hit a fence, flipped over and landed upside down on top of the portable toilets standing in a storage yard.
To the pilot's great relief authorities didn't immediately release his or her identity. "I figured they needed some time to go home and clean up before answering any reporters' questions," said Mr. Troyer. A spokesman for the portable toilet company declined to comment, citing company rules of personal hygiene.