TRENTON – A 67-year-old man from Trenton is recovering from several surgeries at Eastern Maine Medical center after being injured in a small plane crash about a week ago.
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said 67-year-old Floyd Ober was making a pass over a grass runway at his home when he failed to clear a barn at the southern end. The ultralight plane struck the end of the barn.
A horse inside of the barn received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Ober was flown to the hospital with significant injuries to his legs and arms.
His son, Jock Floyd, was at home at the time of the crash.
“It was like a smack. You heard the plane run into the barn at full speed. It was loud enough that it shook the ground,” Jock Ober said “I thought, Oh god, he’s 67-years-old. He just hit a solid building at 75 miles an hour. He’s got to be dead. “
Thankfully, he found him alive and breathing. He suffered several fractures and was pinned inside the wreckage.
The pilot’s son feared the worst because all he could see was the tail of the plane sticking out of the barn.
According to Jock, his father has flown for over 20 years and had logged plenty of flight hours. The Saturday morning flight was just another day of fun for Mr. Floyd.
This time, after taking off, he realized a little too late that something was wrong.
“He had taken off that way, made a complete turn around and was heading back this way towards the barn basically was where the middle of the fence is.” said the pilot’s son.
He failed to pull the plane up right at the fence and crashed into the barn.
“The horse jumped out of the barn. Hurt his nose so there was a lot of blood from the horse.” said Jock Ober.
The horse has recovered and is back to being healthy.
Mr. Floyd Ober remains in the hospital recovering from multiple surgeries. Jock believes the way his father hit the barn, helped save his life.
“He hit the exact, softest spot, where the shavings and hay is stored, in between the horses,” Ober said “The motor was actually sitting on him, burning his shoe, there was fuel leaking out. it was a pretty gut wrenching experience”
We are told the pilot is doing well and is in good spirits.
“He’s very appreciative, and we are very appreciative of everyone’s help and support.”‘ said Jock Ober.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on scene investigating this week. Jock said they told him that early findings point to plane failure.