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Wreckage removed after plane crash in West Hartford

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WEST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - A single-engine aircraft had to make an emergency crash landing in West Hartford on Saturday afternoon when it lost engine power. 

The Skyline Cessna airplane was trying to land at Hartford-Brainard Airport, but didn't make it. Instead, it landed near New Park Avenue on the new CTFastrak busway at about 3:15 p.m., narrowly missing a number of nearby businesses, homes and a busy stretch of road. 

The wreckage was removed by Sunday morning.

The pilot, identified as Danny Hall, of Torrington, miraculously lived to tell his story. He walked away from this crash without a scratch. 

"I said, 'Tell my kids I love them if I don't make it.' He said, 'OK. Good luck,'" said Hall. 

It's an unimaginable call no father should ever have to make. As Hall's aircraft started pummeling to the ground, he made the gut-wrenching decision to ask air traffic control to say goodbye to his four children. Luck was on his side. 

When asked if his children were on his mind when he was landing, Hall said, "Yeah, they come in my mind a lot, so yeah." 

Hall had taken off from Robertson Airfield in Plainville on Saturday afternoon and was on his way to Brainard Airport to pick up a friend. 

"Just started losing my engine on the way over," said Hall. 

Thanks to his quick thinking in this life-or-death situation, Hall was able to avoid an even greater catastrophe by landing on the busway and not the road. The busway is still under construction and not being used at this time. 

"I was looking for a place to land, and I don't want to hit into a house or a road or something and I this stretch and put the plane down onto this," Hall said. 

Hall owns a roofing company in Torrington and bought this plane two months ago for $92,000, but living through this crash is certainly priceless. 

"I'm a little sore, my back, but other than that it feels really good to survive," Hall said. 

This is not the first time Hall has cheated death. In 2008, he crashed into the Pawcatuck River, only suffering minor injuries. Now after two close calls, Hall said Saturday may be the last time he ever pilots a plane. 

West Hartford police and fire responded to the scene. The Federal Aviation Administration was also on the scene assisting with the crash. 

There were 30 gallons of fuel reported on the aircraft, which caused a spill. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to help clean up that spill. 

The plane was heavily damaged, and fencing that separates the busway from the railway was also damaged. 

Connecticut State Police and the FAA are investigating this plane crash. 

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