Sunday, December 25, 2011

Pilot, Passenger Expected to Recover From Air Crash. Christian County, Missouri

Two people were injured when this ultralight lost altitude and crashed in a field off of County Line Road in Christian County.
Dean Curtis / News-Leader

Christian County Emergency Services
Ozark and Logan Rogersville Fire Districts, Cox EMS, Christian County Sheriff's Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to an ultralight plane crash this afternoon. Two people were injured and transported to the hospital.

(Christian County, MO) -- We're learning more about the injuries suffered in this weekend's aircraft crash in Christian County.

We now know the male pilot suffered a broken leg in the crash Sunday afternoon just off County Line Road -- between Ozark and Rogersville. The female passenger received moderate injuries and was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

The owner of the powered parachute aircraft says the couple is in their 40s. The pilot told investigators he lost power and fell about 30 feet.

KOLR/KOZL spoke with the man who dialed 911 just moments after the crash.

"We said it's kind of getting low and then he tries to pull up, clips the top of the tree, and just flips over the top of the tree," said witness John Atkinson. "I immediately just started running across the street and got down there and he was banged up. I hope he is going to be alright."

The owner of the property, Gary Nettell, says the pilot was renting an apartment there and would take the small aircraft up from time to time.

"It was indicated to me that he was turning around to come back, trying to get back into the field when he clipped the tree," said Sheriff Kyle. "You can see, he's got somewhat of a runway that kind of runs diagonally across here."

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
Two were people were taken to a Springfield hospital after an ultralight crash today, according to the Christian County Sheriff’s office.

A man and a woman were injured in the crash, which happened about 3:15 p.m. in the 4500 block of East County Line Road in northern Christian County.

The man was airlifted to Cox South, and the woman was taken by ambulance.

Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle said the extent of the injuries was unknown. He said it was unclear what caused the crash, although the couple may have run out of fuel.  Kyle said the ultralight had just taken off from a runway in a field when it lost altitude. The pilot tried to turn around and struck a tree.

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