Connecticut plane crash: 80-year-old pilot's Cessna hits tree, lands in carpark

Connecticut plane crash: 80-year-old pilot's Cessna hits tree, lands in carpark

Connecticut plane crash: 80-year-old pilot's Cessna hits tree, lands in carpark

Updated 13 September 2017, 8:20 AEST

An 80-year-old pilot has a lucky escape after crashing his light plane into a tree while trying to land in Connecticut.

An 80-year-old pilot has had a lucky escape after crashing his light plane into a tree while trying to land in the small town of Plainville, Connecticut.

The dramatic moment was captured on camera by local police.

It is understood Manfred Forst was heading out for breakfast when his single-engine Cessna hit a tree before ending up in a carpark.

Mr Forst, who was flying solo, escaped with only minor injuries.

US aviation authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.