Small plane crashes on St. Davids Golf Club in Wayne, Pennsylvania; 2 people hurt

WAYNE, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — Chester County emergency crews said two people were injured when a private plane crashed on Wednesday afternoon in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

The small Cirrus 22 single-engine plane went down at about 3:30 pm at the St. Davids Golf Club on the 800 block of Radnor Road.

Investigators said a male pilot and his wife were traveling to Wings Field in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania from Fort Myers, Florida with a stop for fuel in South Carolina.

The plane reportedly suffered a mechanical failure, and the pilot was able to locate an open area on the course near the 14th hole to make an emergency landing.

Views from Chopper 6 showed the crashed plane near some trees on the course.

The pilot and passenger were able to get out of the plane with assistance from witnesses who were on the golf course, officials said.

Action News spoke with aviation expert and trainer Navy pilot John Gagliano. He said if there was any day to have this happen, Wednesday was it.

“Actually on a day like today, where there’s beautiful weather and not a lot of clouds around, there’s an 85% chance you walk away from something like that,” said Gagliano.

Gagliano said the plane losing power means the engine failed and that could’ve happened from a variety of factors.

He said it takes skill when it comes to an emergency landing.

“You have to put the plane in the position to get to a clear area. So, there are a lot of things that can go wrong and everything has to go perfect and right. This pilot did that. He made every choice apparently well because he walked away,” said Gagliano.

The couple was taken to Palio Hospital as a precaution.

The FAA will begin its investigation to figure out what exactly went wrong.

No golfers were injured in the incident.


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