A pilot and his wife say they’re lucky to be alive after escaping an airplane crash in Texas.
Connie Carroll Starek says that’s her husband, racing to help those in tonight’s Lancaster plane crash. New info 10p pic.twitter.com/MV6bXBncuP
— Doug Dunbar (@cbs11doug) October 17, 2015
Mahmood Ataee, a pilot for nearly four decades, said they started their descent into Lancaster Regional Airport near Dallas when they realized something was amiss.
“That’s when we felt the jolt and we hit the power line; high voltage power line,” Mahmood Ataee told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “I went up to grab the handle for the parachute, but my wife had already pulled it.”
Photos uploaded on social media websites show the sheer destruction of the plane crash.
The parachute apparently got stuck on power lines, preventing the plane from hitting the ground.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 19, 2015
“The nose of the plane was maybe two feet from the ground,” Ataee said.
Ataee and Starek managed to escape the plane and jumped to safety after avoiding the power lines.
The plane then went up in flames. Connie Starek, a witness, said it was “almost like a bomb going off.”
Laura Ataee said even though she suffered a broken leg, it won’t prevent the couple from flying again.
“I can’t wait,” she told ABC. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to get another plane and, of course, it will have a parachute.”
According to CBS DFW, the plane was a N849CD, a single-engine SR-22, and the crash sparked a grass fire, which was contained.
Lancaster Fire said the plane clipped a dangerous, “high-power transmission” power line of about 380,000 volts.