- Associated Press - Monday, June 25, 2018

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) - A Georgia pilot said he was trying to land at an Alabama airport with his grandson on board when the engine of his small airplane failed, causing a crash that both survived without injuries.

Mike Baudhuin told The Outlook of Alexander City he was thankful to be alive, but he played down his role in the fact the crash wasn’t worse.

“I don’t know how skillful I am,” Baudhuin said. “A skilled pilot would have been able to land it without his plane ending up like this one - sitting there burning.”

News outlets reported the pilot was attempting to land at the Alexander City airport on Sunday morning after leaving Peachtree City, Georgia. The pilot steered the aircraft toward a field near a fast-food restaurant after the engine problem, but it clipped power lines and trees before going down about a quarter-mile from a runway, officials said.

The pilot and his grandson, bound for a family house at Lake Martin, were the only two people aboard, and both got out without injury before the wreckage caught fire. Airport Manager Mike Smith calls the outcome “a miracle.”



Officials did not release the name of the pilot or the boy, but Baudhuin told The Outlook he was flying the plane, with his 10-year-old grandson Lucas Trevisan beside him.

“We were preparing to approach the airport here and reduced power,” Baudhuin said. “But the engine shut down at that point. That all started about 5 miles out so I started scrambling, hoping I could make it on to the airport. But as you see we didn’t quite make it.”

Baudhuin and his grandson were able to get out of the single-engine, two-seat plane before fire spread.

“I don’t think I will be flying for a while,” the boy told the newspaper.

Once the flames had been doused, Baudhuin took pictures with his grandson amid the wreckage.

“Just another day with Pop,” Baudhuin said. “It may be a while before his mom lets us do this again.”

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