An Arnprior, Ont., biplane crash survivor says he thought the plane had landed safely at the Rockcliffe Flying Club, when it suddenly nosedived and flipped over.
Ronald Postin, 64, and his 66-year-old partner were getting an aerial tour of Ottawa Sunday in the antique Waco open-cockpit biplane, but the trip ended with an unexpected scare.
The biplane flipped after landing, apparently in a gust of wind, leaving the two passengers injured. The pilot refused medical treatment.
Postin was taken to hospital with spinal injuries and has some stitches on his nose while his partner broke her wrist.
“The wheels touch down, and it looked like we were home-free,” Postin told the CBC’s Ryan Gibson. “[Then] bang, the plane nosedived on to the asphalt, and the tail flipped forward and I blacked out for a few seconds.”
When Postin regained consciousness, he could not move and smelled burning fuel.
“I was upside down and having bashed my face this way, I was bleeding profusely from the nose and it was pooling down on me,” he said.
“I said, “I guess I got to get out of here’.”
The pilot was able to crawl underneath the biplane and undo Postin’s seatbelt. Staff at the small airline then helped get the passengers and pilot away from the flipped aircraft.
This was a birthday gift from his girlfriend, Postin added, and now he will never forget the trip. He is not placing any blame, though.
“I had my biplane ride, that’s one off the bucket list. Now I’ve walked away from a plane crash. That’s the second one,” he said.
Wind was a main factor in the crash, according to Alberta-based Central Aviation Inc., which owns and operates the 70-year-old sightseeing biplane.
The Transportation Safety Board is still investigating.