A couple involved in an emergency crash landing at Lake Anna Airport in Bumpass on Tuesday morning are counting themselves lucky.
The 1990 Buffe W. E. Pulsar fixed-wing single-engine airplane was soaring at 6,500 feet at about 110 miles per hour when a leak caused antifreeze to spray all over the windshield of the plane, making an emergency landing the pilot’s only option.
According to pilot David Stewart, 63, the temperature gauges showed that the plane’s engine was heating, so he knew he had to get the plane down quickly.
David and his wife, Patricia, of Dinwiddie, had lifted off at about 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, on their way to Pennsylvania to visit family.
He has been flying for five years and has logged 150 hours of flight time. David bought the Lite Sport a year and a half ago, and until that morning, there had never been any trouble with the aircraft.
Bumpass rescuers, Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Virginia State Police were called to the scene after the plane crash-landed in an open field near the rural airport.
One of the wheels broke when the plane landed, said Patricia, who added that she was thankful for the safety harness, as she believes she would have gone through the window of the plane without it.
To read the entire story, see the June 27 edition of The Central Virginian.