Two of Rim Country’s experienced pilots crashed Thursday morning when an unexpected crosswind tossed their plane to the runway.
Breakfastgoers at Crosswinds Restaurant had a front row seat to the whole incident, which happened just outside the dining room windows around 8:30 a.m.
Pilots Marie Fasano and Mac McCabe were coming in for a landing in their Tailorcraft when a strong gust of wind pushed the plane to the right.
McCabe, who was flying at the time, tried to pull the plane back up, but didn’t have enough power. The plane crashed nose-first into the fence line.
Neither passenger was seriously injured.
It was the first time either had been involved in a wreck, Fasano said.
McCabe has flown for more than 40 years, working as a commercial pilot with United for 33 years. Fasano has flown privately since 1973.
With clear skies Thursday morning, Fasano decided it was a good day to take the plane up, which she hadn’t flown for some time.
Takeoff went smoothly and Fasano landed the plane once.
“I did a landing, not a great landing, but I did it,” she said.
Fasano decided to go back up and asked McCabe to land this time.
That’s when the pair crashed, the prop slamming into the ground.
After draining the fuel, the plane was left as is until Federal Aviation Administration officials could arrive and complete an investigation.