Pilot, driver uninjured after plane clips semi during landing

Pilot, driver uninjured after plane clips semi during landing

SANDUSKY COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A pilot who landed his twin engine plane at Fremont Airport is considered a lucky man.

Pilot John Randall, 71, who had decades of flying experience, slammed his piper Aztec airplane into the side of semi that was driven by Russell Street, 70, who was headed north on State Route 53.

All three wheels of the plane were knocked off with one of them being lodged into the side of the semi.

Randall was forced to perform a gear-up landing which first put the plane straight onto cement before it came to rest in the grass besides the runway.

The nature of the incident would appear to guarantee life-threatening injuries but fortunately that wasn't the case.

In fact according to Ohio State Highway Patrol, both Randall and Street were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Alcohol has been ruled out as factor.

FAA conducted interviews Wednesday as a part of their investigation.

The accident has since been cleaned and the airport is functioning as normal.

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