CAMERON PARK, CALIF – A pilot with nearly 60 years of flying experience says a gust of wind got the best of him Wednesday afternoon.
Robert Petersen, 78, had just landed at Cameron Airpark when he lost control of his single-engine Cessna 180 and the plane flipped tail over nose.
Petersen was the lone occupant and suffered minor cuts on his forehead and left leg.
"The airplane is hurt, but I'm OK," Petersen said about two hours after the incident. "A little gust as I'm three-pointing and rolling out. When it starts and you don't keep it straight, it'll ground loop... it dragged the right wing tip, went up, the prop hit, then it stops and just flips over backwards."
Two large tow trucks righted the plane and it was towed off the runway to Petersen's home on a nearby taxiway.
Petersen said he doesn't have insurance on the plane and it's going to cost him a fortune to fix it.