Over the weekend a Garrison man emergency crash landed his airplane and lived to tell about it. The Federal Aviation Administration released the plane to Farrel Davis Tuesday. Its report still isn't complete. Davis has his own theory, but he's reluctant to release it until the investigation is over.
On Wednesday Davis began retrieving his 1959 Cessna from a tree. Removing the classic aircraft brings pilots together. They're helping Davis, who can actually joke about his close call with death. "They're all upset because I didn't land it in a good place for them to work on," quipped Davis.
Davis' forty years of flying experience and constant homework on the hobby helped him do everything right. His upside down landing was one he could walk away from. "What I did was actually stall the airplane in the top of the trees," Davis explained.
Davis' most serious injury was a cut arm he got while climbing out of his plane. It wasn't until two days later that Davis began thinking about the 'what if's.' "I probably didn't get an hours sleep of thinking about what if I had done this or done that or what happened, took place and you're nervous then," recalled Davis.
But fellow pilots credit Davis' survival to ability. Dave Zimmer praised, "He did a good job. He got it in here and got out of it. That's what counts." Phil Towry said, "But if anyone gonna do it right, he would. He's survived a lot of stuff. Yeah, he's a tough old codger."