Downed by a duck

Minor injuries to pilot, passenger following emergency landing
Andy Ouriel
Jun 12, 2014

A few new details emerged from a bizarre case when a small plane made an emergency landing on Cedar Point Beach Tuesday afternoon.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers determined Huron resident Eric Ryba, 24, flew the plane at about 110 knots, or roughly 125 mph, when he struck an airborne duck shortly after 4 p.m.

“The impact shattered the windshield, and the duck landed in the cockpit,” according to a trooper’s report the Register obtained through a public records request.

Contact occurred as Ryba — flying in a small, white, 2009 Flight Design CTLS registered as N15NK — traveled about 200 feet above the ground and almost 1,000 feet off Cedar Point’s sandy shores.

After impact, the airplane lost its ability to climb, forcing Ryba to make an emergency landing in the northeast corner of the beach by Magnum XL-200 roller coaster.

Among the other facts revealed:

• Ryba flew the plane with Milan resident David Carratola, 21, as a passenger.

• Ryba, who did have a valid pilot’s license, suffered a cut on the right arm while Carratola sustained a cut on his left arm. The injuries didn’t appear serious.

• Billy Rugh III, of Punxsutawney, Pa., owns the plane.

• The report indicates the two took off from the Lorain County Airport at 2:50 p.m. It appears they would arrive back at this location. A flight plan was not filed.

The plane had been removed from Cedar Point Beach by Wednesday evening.  It was not immediately known how or when the plane was removed.

A reader provided the Register with an eyewitness account of what he considered a suspicious situation.

“I was working at Orchard Beach, three miles west of Vermilion, (Tuesday) afternoon and saw this plane fly by and thought to myself, ‘Why is this bonehead flying so low?’ He was barely telephone-pole high and 100 yards offshore. No wonder he hit a poor little duck.”



Once again, you're making a lot of assumptions about me through your juvenile insults. You're not even close, it's hilarious for me to keep going back and forth too! You don't even hit the target, you're way off!

As for your reference, it wasn't too hard to figure that out with this thing called the internet. It looks like you're the proud member of a dying aviator club that is racist and sexist! That is so admirable! Well, maybe to disgusting old white men, but the rest of the country probably wouldn't hold such a club in distinction. Anyway, I'm not a keewee/modock because I am a licensed pilot, and honestly I really don't care about you or your status. It sounds like your little racist/sexist club is dying, so I really don't care if I'm a part of your dumb club. It's losing its relevancy today, and it certainly won't be relevant tomorrow.

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Ohh by the way you may note a typo It's off shore, not of shore. Feel free to check any other grammar mistakes and thanks for the link!


You incorrectly spelt "ohh." That's one "h" too many.

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LMAO I knew I called that correctly! Your not a pilot even that you lied and tried to promote yourself as one to make your points on things of which you had no experience or direct knowledge. The fact is you wouldn't make a pimple on an aviators azz ( spelled this way on purpose)You really should change your screen name as it is admittedly bogus. How disgusting that you have to live in a make believe world trying to pass for something that your not just to falsely bolster your self ego. Now that you have outed yourself don't you feel just a little bit silly? Talk about juvenile you have that market cornered. As for my association of pilots of distinction both military and commercial your not good enough to shine our flight boots so run along sonny!


What are you talking about? You don't make any sense! I hold a commercial pilot certificate and I'm also a CFI. I'm an aircraft owner as well (a pretty young one at that). Your whole slanderous argument is based on nothing. You deny reality, you should be put on some heavy medication, and also surrender your medical certificate because you can't think clearly. Who wears flight boots while flying a Cessna anyway? Plus the new boots don't need to be shined old man, the military went away from that a long time ago. I'll let you have the last word; I'm bored of having this nonsense argument with you.

You also incorrected used "your" again.

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This is so rich! LOL, the guys are going to love reading this at the next meeting! Having a licenses with wet ink still does not make you a pilot kid, you are still a keewee. Learn a little respect and be a little more humble and you may be able to redeem yourself in the biz.

But most off all I wish you fair winds and a good long life, "your" hearts in the right place. Stay clear of ME's with big thumbs ;)


Once again you are wrong. I've been licensed for over 12 years now. I don't know if I'd show this to the good ole boys, you haven't got anything right about me yet.

Anyway, fly safe and don't go west too soon.

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Thought I had the last word? 12 years you say? Heck I've got socks older than that keewee James.