SCOTLAND, Pa. - The owner of a small plane that crashed just after take-off Tuesday evening said the aircraft had reached an altitude of about 150 feet when the engine died.
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Stephen K. Gilman, 52, of 15538 Dogwood Drive, Fort Loudon, Pa., said he didn't have much time to be scared as the plane began to fall from the sky.
"You just experience it," he said.
Gilman said he bought the 1964 Piper Colt a few months ago and planned to learn to fly.
The plane was being piloted by Robert Parmer, address unavailable, of Chambersburg, Pa., when they took off at about 8 p.m. from a small private airstrip north of Chambersburg Mall.
"We took off and just lost power. They really have no idea what the problem was," Gilman said of the Federal Aviation Administration investigators who are looking into the crash.