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Pilot narrowly escapes serious injury in plane crash

November 11, 2011, 05:31 pm

A small plane recently crashed into Swift Creek Reservoir in Virginia, with the 78-year old pilot just barely escaping serious injury. The pilot was rescued by a retired Woodlake couple who saw the crash from their pontoon boat and hurried to help.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richard Rose Jr. was on his way to Chesterfield Country Airport from Fork Union when his four-seat single-propeller plane started to plummet. Randy Rowekamp and his wife Sara saw the plane go down about 150 yards off shore and found Rose on the wing of his plane and it sank into the water. He jumped off and was given a life preserver from his rescuers to help him reach the pontoon boat.

The source reported the plane was nose down in the water for hours after the crash. Officials said they planned to attach air bags to lift the aircraft up and out of the reservoir and float it to shore. From there they would transport the plane in a truck. Luckily, none of the 40 gallons of fuel on board spilled into the lake.

The CBS affiliate for Richmond, WTVR, reported that when the couple got to Rose he was severely dazed and struggled to put on a life jacket as they pulled him into their boat. To prepare for such unexpected events, pilots should invest in pilot life insurance. If circumstances had been different, Rose could have experienced more than a shock from the crash.

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