Pilot survives crash that demolishes small plane - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Pilot survives crash that demolishes small plane

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries Saturday during a crash shortly after takeoff that demolished his twin-engine plane, officials said.

Akron-Canton Airport spokeswoman Kristie Van Auken said the plane had climbed to about 100 feet Saturday morning when the pilot radioed the tower to report an undisclosed problem. The plane turned around and crash-landed on a runway.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office said Stewart Clink of Medina suffered only minor injuries and was taken to a hospital.

"It's a miracle he walked away from it," said Van Auken. "It's just a pile of rubble."

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known.

Van Auken said no commercial flights were affected.

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