Plane Crashes Near Cordova, Pilot Unhurt


There were some scary moments for a pilot who crash landed his small plane into a field near a farmhouse near Cordova, IL Saturday.

It happened just before 2 p.m. just off Highway 4 at 171st Avenue in Rock Island County.

The plane crashed through some power lines - losing parts along the way - before landing on its belly in the field.

The pilot was able to get out and walk away without injuries. He was the only person on-board the four-passenger plane at the time.

A Fixed Base Operator from the Erie Air Park tells us that while in it was in the air, the engine "quit on the pilot", and the propeller stopped. We're told it is something you can tell just by looking at the wreckage.

"If it was turning when it hit the ground then the props would have been bent, but it's pretty well fixed so it was stopped when it hit the ground," Jim Robinson, who also owns the Erie Air Park, said. "I've done enough investigation on the scene and the plane is intact, all the pieces are there, so it did not come apart in the air obviously."

Robinson points out it that takes a skilled pilot to land a plane, without an engine -- and walk away without a scratch.

Officials are not releasing the pilot's name at this point.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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