A North American T-28B Trojan, registered N215SF crashed on 23rd August during approach to Anoka County-Blaine Airport, located in Minnesota. The audio recorder of the airfield’s control tower recorded the 65-year-old pilot’s last words before the crash.
“I’ve got smoke in the cockpit. Let me see if I can get my gear down.”
Police says two strangers, who saw the event from their car, rushed to the wreckage and pulled the seriously injured pilot away from the burning aircraft. The aviator, claimed to have more than 20 years of flying experience, was airlifted to hospital. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Photos: Marcin Krasinski (Jetphotos), Star Tribune