Video captures small plane crashing into tree in CT

Dramatic video shows pilot striking tree landing on parking lot

Dramatic video shows pilot striking tree landing on parking lot

Dramatic video captures the moment Manfred Forst tried to land a single-engine Cessna at Robertson Airport in Plainville, Conn., but hit the tree in a parking lot several hundred feet from the runway.

CCTV released by Plainville Police Department shows the moment the small plane flies low over the vehicle park, its wings shifting left and right unsteadily.

Forst, who town manager Robert Lee said is 80, was taken to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in nearby New Britain with minor injuries, Plainville police told the station.

Mr Forst said that he was on his way to eat breakfast when the crash occurred, then "gave his wife a big kiss when he got home". "I'm just so thankful".

The pilot then made a right turn, clipping a tree before crashing into the back parking lot of Carling Technologies, which is adjacent to the airport.

He said: 'I knew he had a problem.

The Federal Aviation Authority has responded to the incident and is conducting an investigation. "It was wavering, it was going very slow", witness Dave Thayer told the Courant.

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