Man crashes plane, walks 10 miles for help

Posted: 02/18/13 at 5:40 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/18/13 at 11:45 pm EST

HAMILTON, Miss. (CNN) - An Alabama pilot is lucky to be alive after surviving a plane crash.

Authorities say his plane went down Friday night in Mississippi.

He not only walked away from the crash, he walked ten miles to a local restaurant to get help.

It was just an ordinary Saturday for Jessica Cantrell and her co-workers at Lacky's restaurant. That is until a strange man walked through the door.

"Brianne and I were standing in here and we were making tea and he came running past us to the back of the kitchen. We thought he was here to see somebody and then we all ended up out front and everybody was asking everybody like if we knew him and none of us knew him," said Cantrell.

After they realized something was wrong, restaurant owner Kenneth Lacky spoke to a very disoriented Ricky Ford.

"And the man was like 'Well, my plane crashed.' And he was like 'What do you mean your plane crashed?' He's like 'No, my girlfriend broke up with me.' He kept giving different stories, so we really didn't know which one it was," said Lacky.

"He was trucking it, because when he got here, he walked straight in and he sat down, then he took off walking when he thought he had to leave again until Kenneth got him back here," said Cantrell.

When authorities arrived Cantrell and her co-workers ford really did have a very rough night.

"The cops started talking to him, asking if he had any weapons or anything. When they were walking out they told us he was classified as a missing person," said Cantrell.

She says it's a miracle that he not only survived the crash, but walked through the woods and swamp with hardly any injuries.

The workers at Lacky's are happy Ricky Ford's plane crash survival story had a miraculous ending.

Authorities say Ford landed in Louisville, Mississippi to fuel up, but he was not able to get fuel and took off.

Shortly after that, his plane crashed in Hamilton.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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