A single-engine plane lost power and crash-landed on an under-construction road in West Hartford, Conn. Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
WTIC reported that authorities had identified the pilot of the Cessna as Dan Hall, of Torrington, Conn. Hall said that he was unhurt.
"What I saw was what I thought was a road with no cars on it. I couldn’t figure out why there were no cars on this road," Hall said. The 9.4 mile bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain is scheduled to begin operations March 28.
Hall was flying the plane from Plainville to Brainard Airport in Hartford when he reported losing engine power. The plane went down on the road at approximately 3:15 p.m. local time Saturday. The plane’s right wing was torn off when it got caught on a fence separating the road from the parallel Amtrak rail line.
"I just remembered hitting the fence and then my last call to Brainard– 'I’m going down, I’m going to land. Tell my kids I love them,'" said Hall.
Officials said the crash caused 30 gallons of fuel to spill from tanks located on each of the plane's wings. The spill was contained and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Impact officials said the oil posed no threat to the environment.
This was the second time Hall had been involved in a plane crash. In 2008, another single-engine Cessna he was piloting from Simsbury, Conn. to Westerly, R.I. lost power after its carburetor malfunctioned and crashed into the Pawcatuck River in Stonington, R.I.
"I said getting into another plane crash, it’s never going to happen," Hall told WTIC. "It's like a one in a 10 million chance, and to survive is a one in 20 million chance. I survived. I love flying, I always have."