Lucky To Be Alive


The pilot of the fixed-wing twin-engine Beech 18, Robert Robertson, survived, with only minor injuries. The only person on board, Mr Robertson broke his left leg, left arm and nose and has a gash on his forehead.

Mr Robertson, 34, had taken off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport to deliver a plane full of cargo — shoes, clothing, nonperishable items and tyres — to Nassau, Bahamas.

The 43-year-old plane’s cockpit was destroyed in the crash. Fire rescue crews were amazed to find Mr Robertson alive, said sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Jachles. “There was no cockpit when they arrived on scene,” he said. “He was breathing and conscious. He told the medics the engine cut out on take-off.”

Somebody should throw him a big party.


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