Pilot avoids several cars before Standish crash
STANDISH (WGME) -- A stunt pilot is talking with CBS 13 News after his small plane crashed right after an airshow.
The crash happened just before 6 p.m. on Route 35 in Standish. CBS 13 News talked with the pilot, Billy Werth, who says he's okay, but was in the hospital at the time being checked out.
Werth says he was leaving an airshow in Frenchville and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says he was headed to Sanford Airport. FAA records indicate his plane is an experimental, amateur built plane registered in Indiana.
A spokesman for the FAA says the plane hit some trees and crashed after it experienced an engine related problem. "He was making such crazy turns, flying low and doing a bunch of turns, going this way and that way," said Jake Ciofli, a witness. "Then, 10 minutes later, we got here, and it was in a ditch."
Werth told CBS 13 News Sunday night that he's been flying since 1988 and never had anything like this happen before. Werth said he was more concerned about where to land and dodging the cars on Route 35. "This is kind of a wooded area, so I didn't have a whole lot of choice on where to put the airplane down," said Werth. "There were four cars on the road that I could see coming at me, but they were behind the trees, so I knew they wouldn't see me so I kinda tried to fly it a little bit longer so I could miss those cars, which I did, so nobody got hurt and I only have two stitches."
According to Werth's website, he and his brother perform hard core aerobatic shows all over the country. The website says the brothers also offer thrill rides for the public. The Cumberland County Sheriff deputy responding to the scene says Werth did a good job avoiding the cars that were on Route 35.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.