WILLOW SPRINGS, Mo. -- A pilot made a crash landing earlier Sunday afternoon, narrowly missing a home, after a mechanical failure shortly after takeoff.
The plane is still nestled up against a home, just yards off of Business 60 in Willow Springs.
The family living in the home says there is no damage to the home.
In fact, the family says they weren't home when the plane made the crash landing, shortly after 3 pm.
"Yeah, it was shocking," Yvette Sexton exclaimed.
Sexton was driving down the road, just minutes after the crash.
“My granddaughter she was just like, grandma what's going on? I said well, baby, there taking care of it, he seems to be okay," Sexton told KY3.
Sexton says there was no fire or smoke as first responders began helping the man.
"The gentlemen was in the plane. There was two people providing assistance to him and he seemed to be awake and alert," Sexton said.
According to Highway Patrol, the 78-year-old pilot was flying an experimental, kit, airplane.
He crashed roughly 700 feet short of an air strip located behind the home.
"The plane took off from the Willow Springs Airport here and experienced a mechanical failure. The plane did turn around and tried to land back at the airport and ended up having to make an emergency landing in this yard," Cpl. Jeff Cunningham with Highway Patrol explained.
Troopers say debris from the plane was found near the road, just about 50 yards or so west of the home.
It appears that the plane miraculously missed some power lines, hit the ground, traveled through a creek bed and skidded to its resting point against the home.
The pilot still buckled in when crews arrived.
"He seemed to be pretty calm, Sexton added. I know EMS was there, but I didn't see them working frantically to remove him from the harness. I think it was just a general assessment."
Sexton says she’s glad the pilot is going to be okay.
“We were just scared for him."
The pilot was taken to the hospital by ambulance with only minor injuries.
Troopers say he has been released from the hospital.
His name has not been released at this time, but a FAA records search show the plane is owned by a Ronald Hook from Gainesville, Missouri.
The FAA will be starting its investigation soon.