Small plane crash-lands near day care center

Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A small plane making an emergency landing Tuesday crashed through a fence on a residential street before stopping in the yard of a day care center.

Bruce D. Webb, a student pilot, and John Linn, a flight instructor, were headed to Merrill Field municipal airport when they heard a thunk and the engine lost power.

While trying to land the Beechcraft Sierra, they clipped an electrical wire and the right wing hit the wood fence, spinning the plane around and through the fence, and into the front yard of the Ivory Tower Daycare.

Seven children were inside napping. Webb and Linn weren't hurt.

Daycare owner Elizabeth Watkins said when she heard the crash she opened her door to take a look.

''I was kind of nervous. I said 'Oh my Lord there's a plane in the yard,''' she said.

Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board said Webb and Linn did a good job in a bad situation.

''This could have been a lot worse, no doubt. In a highly populated area like this, I think they did a real good job,'' he said.

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