Thursday, March 21, 2013

Accident at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK) caused when pilot's foot got stuck underneath plane's steering pedals, officials

An 84-year-old man suffered a lower-back injury after crashing a plane at the Livermore airport Thursday afternoon, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel said.

The crash was reported just before 3 p.m. when a Cessna 170 plane, attempting to land at the airport, made a hard left turn away from the runway and crashed into the dirt, Neiman-Kimel said.

The pilot's foot got stuck underneath one of the plane's steering pedals, which caused the plane to veer to the left, Neiman-Kimel said

"The plane was pretty trashed," Neiman-Kimel said of the damage, adding that the plane was traveling at around 60 mph at the time of the accident. "It ended up facing the opposite direction when it landed."

The pilot was the only passenger in the plane and no other injuries were reported.

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