A Lincolnton pilot escaped serious injury, and his actions helped avoid injury to anyone else, when his experimental aircraft crashed Monday afternoon (April 5th) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
The crash happened just after 3 PM in a construction site for a housing development on Cannons Campground Road, according to a Spartanburg County deputy at the scene.
Deputies said Houser declared an emergency on FAA frequencies.
First responders to the scene found him walking around outside of the aircraft.
Houser said he was flying into Spartanburg Downtown Airport from Lincolnton, about a 45-50 mile trip.
"The engine lost power as I was about three miles from the airport, looking right at the runway; I obviously couldn't make it."
He selected a large area that had been graded for construction since it was free of any buildings and trees.
"Everything else around here was houses, of course, the school close by," Houser said.
The aircraft came to rest upside-down but Houser was able to walk away from the crash with just a few minor scrapes.
"I thank the good Lord that I'm fine; yeah, he was obviously with me," said Houser.
He was checked out by EMS and refused any further medical assistance.
Information was provided to the Federal Aviation Administration and deputies were informed that FAA officials would not be responding to the scene.