NAPLES, Fla. - A pilot at the Naples Airport loses control of his plane and crashes into a fence. It happened Wednesday night while he was working on his nighttime take off training. Today WINK News got a look at the damage and many say it could have been a lot worse.
"There's a couple skid marks, trail marks, back through there."
Naples Airport Director of Operations, Ryan Frost, shows us all that remains on runway 5, after a pilot with over 30 years experience had a close call. The pilot got only 1,000 feet into his nighttime take off before something went wrong.
"He veered off to the left, swung around here, crashed through the fence in this area here, kind of hugged this other piece of fence and did a one-eighty back in there," Frost shows us as he points to a fenced in grassy area 400 feet from the runway.
You can see the damage the metal fence post made to the wings of the 4-seat Grumman Tiger.
The accident leaves fellow pilot, Scottie Yeager, thankful no on was hurt.
"It's a different perspective, and that's why when you're doing your recurrency, you're to do take offs and landings at night. Loosing control of an aircraft at night would be scarier, because you can't see as well," Yeager explains.
The reason for the crash is unkown, but Frost says the pilot got lucky, "Rarely does an aircraft go through a fence like this and continue on for another 100, 150 feet and not end up with more significant damage to the aircraft, or injuring yourself . Very lucky for the guy."
It will take about a week for the FAA and the NTSB to check out all the damage on the plane before it can be released back to it's owner.