New details on emerge on emergency landing

Minor injuries to pilot, passenger following emergency landing

Thursday, 12 June 2014

New details emerged from an incident Tuesday when a small plane made an emergency landing on Cedar Point Beach.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol determined the pilot, Eric Ryba of Huron, was flying the plane 1,000 feet off-shore at an altitude of about 200 feet when he struck an airborne duck shortly after 4:00 p.m. The impact shattered the windshield.

After the impact, with air rushing into the cockpit, the airplane lost its ability to climb. Ryba was forced to make an emergency landing on the beach near Magnum XL-200.

No one was on that section of the beach at the time. Both Ryba and his passenger, David Carratola of Milan, suffered minor injuries.

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