Man in critical condition after plane crash in Marion Bridge

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Local pilot Barry Hussey, 64, listed in critical condition

GRAND MIRA NORTH - A local pilot is in a Halifax hospital in critical condition after his small plane crashed just metres from his private landing strip in Marion Bridge.
Just before noon Monday, the single-engine, two-seat plane piloted by Barry Hussey, 64, slammed into a driveway on Sandfield Road in an area known to residents as Huntington.
His neighbour, Vince Anthony, was second on the scene behind Hussey's wife, Jane.
Although Anthony did not witness the crash, he heard the plane circling overhead before it left the air.
"He was flying around for about a half hour," said Anthony who lives next to Hussey and across the street from the crash site.
"His wife was watching him from the house. She thought maybe he was going to land but he nose-dived right into the ground."
Hussey's wife rushed to the scene, followed quickly by Anthony who found the plane nose down with its tail straight in the air.
Its pilot was "alive and coherent," he said.
"I called 911 while she was dragging him out. My cellphone wouldn't work. I went back (home) to call 911 and get a first-aid kit."

Man in critical condition after plane crash in Marion Bridge

GRAND MIRA NORTH - A local pilot is in a Halifax hospital in critical condition after his small plane crashed just metres from his private landing strip in Marion Bridge.
Just before noon Monday, the single-engine, two-seat plane piloted by Barry Hussey, 64, slammed into a driveway on Sandfield Road in an area known to residents as Huntington.
His neighbour, Vince Anthony, was second on the scene behind Hussey's wife, Jane.
Although Anthony did not witness the crash, he heard the plane circling overhead before it left the air.
"He was flying around for about a half hour," said Anthony who lives next to Hussey and across the street from the crash site.
"His wife was watching him from the house. She thought maybe he was going to land but he nose-dived right into the ground."
Hussey's wife rushed to the scene, followed quickly by Anthony who found the plane nose down with its tail straight in the air.
Its pilot was "alive and coherent," he said.
"I called 911 while she was dragging him out. My cellphone wouldn't work. I went back (home) to call 911 and get a first-aid kit."
Anthony said the plane was leaking fuel but was not on fire.
"At least he didn't die. That is the big thing because the way he hit the ground, Lord Almighty."
Following the crash, Hussey was transported to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and later airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax where he was listed in critical condition.
Cape Breton Regional Fire Services Deputy Fire Chief Brent Denny said Hussey acquired the plane last year and was in his first season of flying it.
Several homes and the Two Rivers Wildlife Park are a short distance from the crash site.
Although the pilot suffered serious injuries to his legs and chest, Denny said the crash posed no threat to others.
The Cape Breton Regional Police Service ident team examined the scene initially, and although the cause was not immediately known, initial findings by police showed the crash was not suspicious.
The Transportation Safety Board is also investigating.

Organizations: Halifax hospital, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre Cape Breton Regional Fire Services Deputy Cape Breton Regional Police Service Transportation Safety Board

Geographic location: Marion Bridge, Sandfield Road

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