STRATFORD - The owner of the plane that crashed at Sikorsky Airport last night says the two people on board are lucky to be alive.

Investigators say last night Rob Russo's plane, piloted by another man, clipped a blast fence as he approached Sikorsky Airport. The crash left the plane's propeller mangled and permanently grounded.

Russo, a former Bridgeport state senator, says he wasn't on board because he'd been renting the plane out.

He says the FAA will continue its investigation tomorrow.