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Wednesday, Aug 15 2012 11:19 AM

Pilot survived plane crash in Tehachapi

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Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode, left, and Tehachapi Airport Manager Tom Glasgow are pictured with the wreckage of an experimental aircraft near Tehachapi Boulevard and Dennison Road in Tehachapi. Photo by Ed Gordon

David Robins of Tehachapi survived the crash of his experimental plane on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14.

The plane went down in a field near the intersection of Dennison Road and Tehachapi Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Witnesses reported Robins appeared to be headed toward the Tehachapi Airport.

"They found the pilot was conscious and talking, which is pretty unbelievable given the wreckage to the plane," said Tehachapi Police Chief Jeff Kermode. The pilot was transported to Kern Medical Center by helicopter following the crash and it has been reported that he has broken bones and possible internal injuries.

In an interview with KGET Channel 17, Susan Robins said her son David, who is 29 years old, has had his pilot's license for more than ten years.

"He has never had so much as a traffic accident, much less an aviation accident like this," she said on camera. "We have spoken often about the possibility, since you have the two dimensions in a car, but in a plane you add the third dimension. I think he started out flying when he was 14 and soloed at 16. He has just been very active in flying ever since."

Robins and his small experimental KR-2 aircraft recently returned from a cross-country flight that stopped in many cities, including stops on the east coast.

The aircraft ended up on the ground in a field at the southeast corner of Tehachapi Boulevard and Dennison Road. It is not known what caused the plane to crash. The National Transportaton Safety Board will investigate.

Police Chief Jeff Kermode, Airport Adminiatrator Gaston Patterson and Airport Manager Tom Glasgow at the crash scene

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