EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - A pilot walked away from his plane with just a scratch Monday after crashing into a power line and a tree.
Edgefield County EMA Director Mike Casey said the pilot was practicing landing off the runaway at the Edgefield Airport around 4 p.m. when his engine failed.
"He hit a tree and it spun him around," Casey said. "The wing caught a power line. Between the two, it slowed his speed and he was able to give him a control crash."
Casey told Fox 54 the pilot, Larry Putt, was calm when authorities came to help him.
Putt was in an experimental plane, on his final approach to the airport. Casey said hitting the tree and the power line probably saved his life.
"If it had not been for those two, it's hard to say what would have happened," Casey said, "but I don't believe he would have cleared the tree line to get into the field."
The FAA did get involved. They visited the crash site and determined the NTSB did not need to be involved. The plane was then turned over to Putt.