Two pilots emerged unharmed after their Piper airplane crashed in a backyard off the 3500 block of Columbus’ Howard Avenue about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Flight instructor David Hall and a former student, who’s also a certified pilot now, were in the single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee that lost power soon after taking off from the Columbus airport.
Hall said Thursday morning that he was in the copilot’s seat and had control of the plane at the time. He declined to comment further as the crash investigation continues.
The plane came to rest on its nose in the backyard of 3528 Howard Ave.
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A Federal Aviation Administration inspector on the scene Thursday morning said the two men had a hospital exam after the crash and were found to be unscathed.
After a crane lifts the aircraft from the backyard and investigators check the engine, the wings will be removed and the wreckage placed on a flatbed truck to be hauled to Air Salvage in Griffin, Ga., for further examination, the FAA agent said.
Police initially blocked Howard Avenue on Wednesday night, but soon reopened it to traffic, as the crash site is well off the road..
The Piper Cherokee is often used in flight instruction.