ESSINGTON, Pa. (AP) - An elderly pilot survived Tuesday when his
single-engine airplane crashed into some trees near the grassy
runway at a local airport.
Philip Semisch, 70, of Ambler, told officials that "just some
cuts, and his pride" were hurt in the crash by Van Sant Airport in
Tinicum Township.
The rented blue-and-white, two-seat Bellanca Citabria he was
flying was damaged.
Tinicum Township Police Chief James Sabath said Semisch was "in
the process of landing when he bounced off the runway."
Ottsville Fire Chief Doug Skelton was the first on the scene
after the crash, which happened just after noon.
"I asked if he was all right, and he said he was. He just sat
in the Jeep until the ambulance came," said Skelton. "The
ambulance guys said he was in real good shape."
Semisch was taken to Doylestown Hospital and released later in
the afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the
accident.

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