2 injured when small plane crashes at St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne

WAYNE, Pa. (WPVI) – Chester County emergency crews say two people were injured when a private plane crashed in Wayne, Pa.

The Cirrus 22 small single-engine plane crashed at around 3.30pm at St. Davids Golf Club on the 800 block of Radnor Road.

Investigators said a pilot and his wife were traveling to Wings Field in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania from Fort Myers, Florida with a fuel stop in South Carolina.

The aircraft reportedly suffered a mechanical failure and the pilot was able to locate an open area on the course near the 14th hole to make an emergency landing.

Views from Chopper 6 showed the plane crashed near some trees on the course.

The pilot and passenger were able to exit the plane with the help of witnesses who were on the golf course, officials said.

Action News spoke with aviation expert and former Navy pilot John Gagliano. He says if there was ever a day for this to happen, it was Wednesday.

“Actually, on a day like today, where the weather is nice and there aren’t a lot of clouds. There’s an 85 percent chance you’ll walk away from something like that,” Gagliano said.

He also says that when he hears the plane losing power, it means the engine has failed and it could have happened due to various factors.

Gagliano says it takes skill when it comes to an emergency landing.

“You have to get the plane into position to get to a clear area. So there’s a lot of things that can go wrong and everything has to go perfectly and well. This pilot did it. He apparently got every choice right. because he’s gone,” Gagliano said.

The couple were taken to Palio Hospital as a precaution.

The FAA will begin its investigation to determine exactly what went wrong.

No golfer was injured in the incident.


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