WWII Vet, 92, Crash Lands Plane in Bradenton

A 92-year-old World War II veteran made an emergency landing Monday in a residential area of Bradenton, Florida - roughly 30 miles south of Tampa along Florida's Gulf coast.

According to NBC affiliate WFLA, Bradenton police received a call about a plane crash around noon Monday. Balazs Martin Orban, 92, was flying south from Palmetto when he lost engine power as he flew over the Manatee River.

Orban attempted to land the plane on a road, but construction made that impossible. He managed to make an emergency landing in a grassy area and was not injured in the incident. Nearby homes were not damaged. By the time police arrived, Orban was outside of the plane making phone calls.

Orban flew B-24s in World War II. He will not face any charges in the incident.

According to police, Orban was piloting a Wagabond, which is a kit plane.

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