- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) - The California pilot of a 1964 fighter jet escaped injury after he was forced to make an emergency landing north of Lake Havasu City.

Mohave County Sheriff’s officials say the plane broke in two after it crashed Saturday afternoon.

Michael Perry of Chico says he was headed to Lake Havasu City from the Grand Canyon when the plane lost power over Havasu Heights near the California-Arizona border.

The 54-year-old Perry told sheriff’s officials he saw a runway and set his plane down. But he says the plane skidded sideways, crashed off the end of the runway and broke into two pieces before coming to rest.

Perry also says there was still some fuel left in the tanks.

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


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