A Columbus pilot escaped serious injuries Thursday after crash landing a small plane in a field near Andalusia, Ala., authorities said today.
Jonathan Lord, 26, was not injured in the 12:40 p.m. CST crash about five miles north of the airport, said Jed Blackwell, administrator for the South Alabama Regional Airport.
“We are just thankful he is safe,” Blackwell said. “He did a good job under the circumstances.”
Blackwell said Lord was picked up by his parents and they were to continue his trip to a wedding in Destin, Fla. He was flying alone.
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The plane was a two-seater, Aeronca Super Champ. It apparently lost power but Lord was able to land in an open cotton field. The aircraft had damage to its nose and landing gear but was otherwise in tact, Blackwell said. The aircraft was moved to the airport for an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Lord couldn’t be reached for comment.