By Allie Hennard

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — A man survived a crash of a historic World War I-era de Havilland DH-4 biplane at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport at 6:55 a.m. Saturday.

Dorian Walker was part of the nonprofit educational group, Friends of Vintage Flight and their mission is to honor and remember military aviators from World War I.

The DH-4 was America’s first warplane and was built in 1918.

The ‘Friends of Vintage Airplanes’ acquired the plane and after 10,000 hours of rebuilding it was time for a test flight, which occurred Saturday morning.

“The people working on it were experts in their field. We had many certified FAA inspectors involved, mechanics involved, and despite what occurred on the flight the incredible work is why I am standing here as a witness,” said Dorian Walker, pilot. “When I landed or when I made contact with the earth. I immediately went through all my safety procedures turning the gas and everything associated with flight off. Unbuckled myself and walked away. So that is a testimony to all those folks and the structure of the airplane.”