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Man crashes plane after prosthetic leg got stuck in the brake

A man who prosecutors said crashed a plane in southeastern Virginia when his prosthetic leg caught in the aircraft brake pleaded guilty Tuesday to fly without a license.

Robert R. Gray Jr. entered the plea in federal court in Norfolk, the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a press release.

Gray, 55, has been around aviation for 40 years buying and selling aircraft, and was a student pilot certificate has expired, court documents show.

Grey has a prosthetic leg and medical conditions that disqualified him from holding a pilot’s license, prosecutors said.

On July 22, Gray, 1972 crashed his Piper Aircraft on the Umphlett Airstrip in Suffolk, according to the court documents. If the plane has landed, prosecutors said, went out of hand, spun halfway around and struck a number of small trees.

As first responders arrived at the crash, Gray, who was not hurt, at first denied the plane flying and said that the pilot was missing, court documents showed. When the law enforcers began to search for the allegedly missing pilot, Gray admitted that he was the only person in the plane, the public prosecutor said.

A few days after the crash, Grey told a safety inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration that the crash was his fault, according to the court documents. Gray said a lack of feeling on his right side, because of the prosthetic leg caused the leg to be stuck on the plane brake, causing it to spin out in the hallway, prosecutors said.

Gray, the mobility of subjects in which he make use of a walker or motorized scooter, told the FAA inspector that he had not been allowed to fly in an airplane, because he can hardly drive a car, according to court documents.

Gray faces up to three years in prison at sentencing on March 23.

Gray’s lawyer not immediately return a voicemail seeking comment.

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