About half a mile from the runway, the T-28 crossed an interstate. It was very low at that point — low enough for its right wing to strike a lamp on a tall pole alongside the highway. The wing did not strike the pole itself, and the lamp, which was knocked off the pole, was not very massive; it’s unlikely that the collision with the lamp could have had a powerful effect on the flight path of such a heavy airplane. But the impact, or possibly the pilot’s surprise — he presumably did not see the pole before he hit it — might have had something to do with the fact that the T-28 touched down right-wheel first in a cornfield, then the right wing caught, then the nose dug in. The impact tore off the wing and wrenched the engine and firewall from the fuselage. The remainder came to rest upright, facing north. There was no fire. When witnesses got to the airplane, they found the pilot pinned in the wreckage. His shoulder harness had failed, and he was seriously injured, but he was still conscious and coherent. What he said is not recorded. He died before medical help could reach him.