AVALON, Calif. (January 5, 2014) David Prizio, 62, the pilot of a small airplane that experienced engine failure and went down off the Southern California coast near Catalina Island, says it never occurred to him that he wouldn't survive the crash.
Prizio says he and his passenger remained calm when the plane's engine died suddenly while they were cruising at 6,500 feet Saturday afternoon.
The retired contractor told The Associated Press he tried to put the single-engine Texas Sport Cub down near a cluster of pleasure boats.
Prizio says the impact shattered the windshield and the rush of water knocked off his glasses.
He broke a finger but was otherwise unhurt.
His passenger escaped injury.
The two men spent only minutes in the water before they were rescued by a family of boaters.
The plane sank.