Don't Do This At Home
In an effort to prevent his
antique single-engine Cessna from hitting houses, a 58-year old
pilot was dragged more than 100 feet into a field as he attempted
to jump inside the craft on Friday.
The pilot, Donald Bradley, had restored the plane and was
starting it by hand-propping the craft, reported the (MA)
Republican. Apparently, the plane started moving forward without
Said Deputy Chief Duane A. Nichols, "He was trying to jump in
and it dragged him quite a ways."
Bradley told authorities he was concerned that if he did not
stop the plane, it would hit the nearby houses, Nichols said.
Bradley ran alongside the plane and in his effort to get in, he
was dragged alongside, injuring his arm, legs, and back. The plane
came to rest approximately 150 feet from the road, authorities
Police and firefighters were called to the field next to the
road by Northampton (MA) airport, where the small red plane had
come to rest shortly after 10 am, with its wheels on the ground. It
sustained moderate damage, officials said.
An airport employee drove a golf cart to the plane and drove
Bradley back through the dense grass to an ambulance waiting for
him on the road. Bradley was able to walk, limping, from the golf
cart to the ambulance and was taken to a hospital for
A neighbor, mowing his lawn, didn't realize anything was amiss
until he saw people moving towards the plane.
"I've lived here six years and I haven't seen any accidents
before this," he said.
FAA officials were called to the scene and will be investigating