A 54-year-old Newhall pilot said Saturday that he needed "just 10 more lousy feet" and he would have cleared a Foothill Freeway overpass in Sylmar with his crippled airplane and made a soft landing in a nearby field.
Instead, Wieslaw Jan Checinski's single-engine Cessna 150 clipped a power line, smashed into the side of the freeway overpass at Glenoaks Boulevard and dropped 30 feet to the ground.
Checinski, who was alone in the two-seater plane, walked away uninjured.
There were no cars or pedestrians at the intersection when the crash occurred at 5:30 p.m., Los Angeles police Lt. John McCrillis said.
The plane, which Checinski bought two weeks ago for $6,000, is good only for salvage now, with both wings and the tail section twisted beyond repair, the pilot said.