Military Man Helps in Emergency Crash Landing

By Scott Sarvay

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    Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel John Carroll

    (Chad Fordyce)

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July 29, 2011 Updated Jul 30, 2011 at 12:02 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Friday morning Indiana’s NewsCenter learned that a lieutenant colonel at the 122nd Fighter Wing helped talk the pilot through the crash landing at Fort Wayne International Thursday afternoon.

The pilot of the single-engine plane radioed the control tower Thursday afternoon saying there were problems with the landing gear.

He wanted to land in the grass, but Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel John Carroll, who was on the scene, had experience with that plane, and knew a grass landing, could be disastrous.

So he talked the pilot through a safe landing on the runway, instead.

The plane skidded on its nose for several hundred feet after the plane touched down on the runway.

After the landing, the pilot and his passenger were able to leave the downed aircraft unharmed.

The air travelers have already left the area, this time by car, on their way out east.

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