Plane Wreckage Removed

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 5:55 pm

Here’s an update on a plane that crashed landed on the top of a tree in Carrabelle about 10 days ago.

That wrecked plane will soon be on its way to the pilot's hometown of Clearwater. The pilot wants it to hang in a Treasure Island themed arcade for families to view.

Around 1:00 p.m. Wednesday pilot Robert Noell watched on as a plane debris removal company came to haul away the wreckage.

A helicopter with a hanging hook lowered down into the Tate's Hell forest to grab up the Cesna. Looking at the mangled mess, the crew says the pilot's quick thinking saved his life.

"He lost half of his prop, the prop broke off 18 inches from the tip which sets up a great vibration and if he wouldn't have shut the engine down quick, it would've shook the engine out of the airplane, then it would've been all over," said Don Huntington, whose crew removed the plane.

The pilot says the propeller blade broke that night causing the plane to crash. He says he tried to land at the nearby airport but didn't quite make it.

The pilot has no injuries and says he's more ready to fly than ever before.