WICKENBURG, Ariz. - One couple has a lot to be thankful for after surviving a plane crash.
"Got married in Sun Valley, California in a Catholic church."
It was a sweet ceremony on September 9th.
"Got out of the service and my mom says, why don't you start dating that little girl down the street. I already had mom's approval."
Pat and Linda Brewster tied the knot, then 44 years to the day, who knew they'd be here.
"I thank God and Fred the pilot everyday that we made it."
There had been a horrible plane crash near the Wickenburg airport.
"We were really looking forward to it. It was our anniversary.. 44th anniversary and going to Payson for breakfast. Our friends, the pilot and his wife had asked us the day before if we wanted to fly and we said, wow, yeah," said Linda.
Linda and Pat don't remember much about the crash.
"I sat down in the cockpit and I don't remember taxiing or nothing, we just remember waking up in the hospital," said Pat.
"We had lots of broken bones, bruises.. spine, bunch of cracked ribs," said Linda.
"I had a broken elbow, broken femur above my knee," added Pat.
He says his injuries from the crash weren't much when compared to what he saw as a Los Angeles firefighter for many years.
"Most of them were fatal, but this one, for some reason, the big man upstairs decided he didn't want us yet."
Firefighters, paramedics, helicopters -- all were quickly on the scene. The four of them in the plane left the Wickenburg airport and didn't make it far. The plane crashed nearby -- and their children and the community came to the rescue as well.
"We had 30 days of meals delivered to our house, people we knew, everyone wanted to be a part of helping," said Linda.
Linda will wear a brace for a bit longer. Pat will be out of his wheelchair by Christmas. A speedy recovery with lots of well wishes for this active couple in the comforting Arizona town of Wickenburg.
"All of our friends caring about us, everyone says if you need any help you call me, and they'll even give the phone number.. they're really serious, we are very thankful, the Thanksgiving we are most thankful for out of any Thanksgiving we've ever had," said Linda. "It was incredible. We were very lucky and thankful."
National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: WPR16LA176
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 09, 2016 in Wickenburg, AZ
Aircraft: CESSNA 310N, registration: N126P
Injuries: 4 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On September 9, 2016, about 0700 mountain standard time, a Cessna 310N, N126P, struck a refuse transfer trailer shortly after takeoff from Wickenburg Municipal Airport, Wickenburg, Arizona. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The airline transport pilot and three passengers were seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal flight departed Wickenburg with a planned destination of Payson, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
Witnesses reported observing the airplane takeoff from Runway 23, and veer to the right of centerline shortly after rotation. Having reached an altitude of about 75 ft above ground level, the airplane failed to climb, and crossed over the runway verge and towards an adjacent industrial park. A few seconds later, the airplane rolled almost 90 degrees to the right, and the right wing struck the refuse trailer. The right wing separated from airframe, and the main fuselage came to rest about 75 ft downrange.
The airplane came to rest within the confines of the City Sanitation Department, about 2,200 ft beyond the runway departure threshold, and about 30-degrees right of centerline.