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Update: Pilot walks away from plane crash, FAA investigating

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CLAYTON COUNTY (KWWL) -

UPDATE:

It was a bumpy landing for the pilot of this airplane. Bill Swartz of Davenport says he was trying to land it at the private airport on Abel Island.

That's located near Guttenberg in Clayton, County.

But somehow he struck a street sign, breaking off part of the plane's left wing. 

People nearby heard the commotion. "We were at the pool, and it sounded like these air raid sirens were going off, and then we saw a whole bunch of ambulances and fire trucks just flying down the street," said Hannah Martens.

Guttenberg police and fire crews, along with the Iowa State Patrol responded to the scene. "And it appears as the aircraft was landing, shearing off part of the left wing, and causing it to skid into the grassy area. And it did damage to the landing gear, and the tail section of the aircraft, before it came to rest," said Terry Marker, Iowa State Patrol Trooper.

The aircraft is a Cessna 177 Cardinal.

The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether a shift in winds or allowing the plane to slow down too much caused it to stall.

Although the aircraft is damaged, Swartz the pilot is okay.

He tells KWWL, he feels pretty grateful to be able to walk away from this plane crash with no injuries.

Authorities are investigating.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the plane crash.

They are looking into whether a shift in winds or allowing the plane to slow down too much caused it to stall. 

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William Swartz of Davenport walks away from a plane crash Saturday after trying to land.

Authorities say Swartz was flying a Cessna Cardinal in the Abel Island area and hit pole.

He was trying to land in windy weather near the grassy airport during the collision.

The pole damaged a wing, but he was still able to land.

Swartz tells KWWL, he owns a home on the island.

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Crews responding to a plane crash on Able Island near Guttenberg.

Witnesses say the plane was flying low and hit a pole and spun.

Clayton County Sheriff's Deputies along with the Guttenberg Police, ambulance and fire department are currently on scene.

We have a crew on the way, stay with KWWL as this story develops.

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