ERIN, Tenn. (AP) --A Middle Tennessee pilot who crashed a plane that left him and two others injured says they were lucky to survive at all.
Erin businessman and pilot Jay Purdue, who is still recovering, said his plane barely missed two trees before stopping in a grassy area at the McKinnon Airport last month.
The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville reports that Purdue called it "a God thing" that his single-engine plane missed the trees.
He suffered multiple fractures, shattered bones and cuts and bruises from the crash. His two passengers suffered less severe injuries.
Purdue blamed the accident on several factors including that he is a new pilot, that he was using the wrong approach to land and that the runway was short.