KFI Traffic Reporter Recovering After Corona Plane Crash
STUDIO CITY (CBS) —KFI traffic reporter Mike Nolan is speaking out for the first time since his fiery plane crash in Corona last week.
“All things considered, I feel very good,” he said.
Nolan and a passenger survived the July 20 crash that later erupted in flames in a field about two miles east of the Corona Airport.
The reporter was nearing the end of a traffic watch flight in a single engine Cessna 182 when the engine lost power. Nolan avoided homes on the way down, but clipped some power lines.
“Basically what the wires did was slow me down sufficiently, where the airplane would no longer sustain a flight, and then I came and fell out of the sky and down to the ground,” Nolan said.
Nolan is now recovering from cracked ribs and a broken clavicle.
His wife, Laura, was amazed by the amount of well-wishes on Nolan’s Facebook page.
“I didn’t realize how many people were out there who cared,” she said.
Nolan, who has been a pilot for 40 years, has reported on plenty of bad accidents and never thought he’d make the news himself.
“I guess I can’t say I never crashed,” he said.
As soon as he’s healed, he said he’ll go right back into an airplane.
The FAA is still trying to figure out why the plane crashed.