Plane crashes into car park - elderly pilot walks away

Light aircraft clipped a tree before it crashed into the ground in Connecticut

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An elderly pilot miraculously survived when his light aircraft plummeted into a tree before crashing down in a car park.

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CCTV captured the moment the nose of 79-year-old Manfred Forst's small plane swooped over the parking area and clipped a tree.

Dramatic footage shows it spinning over in the air before smashing into the ground next to several cars in the Connecticut, US, lot.

Authorities say that incredibly no one was seriously injured in the crash in Plainville yesterday morning.

Credits: Plainville Police

Plainville Police

Credits: Plainville Police

Plainville Police

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But, Manfred was taken to hospital with minor cuts and scraps.

He told NBC that he was 'on his way to breakfast' when the accident happened at around 11.25am.

Police discovered Manfred in his 1981 Cessna 172 behind the business near the airport.

Credits: Plainville Police

Plainville Police

Manfred, who is originally from Germany, said: "I was very fortunate I got out of it without any real injuries.

"I'm just so thankful."

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the crash.

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