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Crash Landing Survivors Share Tale -- Sky Arnold

Hopkinsville, Kentucky  ----  Mike Creed says he immediately noticed something was wrong when his plane took off from the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport Thursday.

"I began to realize the engine is struggling a bit to maintain power," said Creed.

Creed and his Son Benjamin tried to turn around and land at the airport but realized that wasn't possible so the longtime pilot charted a gutsy path dodging trees and light poles.

Benjamin Creed says his father's flying skills likely saved their lives.

"If anyone else had been flying that airplane besides my dad I'm sure one or both of us would be dead," said Benjamin Creed.

Creed made it through the obstacles and might have landed safely if his landing gear didn't clip some bushes forcing the plane down into an embankment.

The younger Creed suffered only minor injuries but his father was knocked out by the impact.

 "I knew I had to get my dad out of that airplane as soon as possible," said Benjamin Creed.

Benjamin shut off the fuel and managed to pull his father out of the plane to safety.

 "That son of mine is my hero he saved my life," said Mike Creed.