Steve Stutzman continues to recover from a broken pelvis suffered in a plane crash Aug. 16 near Holton. The other two people on the plane also survived.
A Topeka man who suffered serious injuries in an airplane crash last week near Holton continues to recover at a Kansas City, Kan., hospital.
Steve Stutzman, 52, underwent a 5 1/2-hour surgery for a broken pelvis Tuesday afternoon and evening at The University of Kansas Hospital, said his pastor, the Rev. Mike Shinkle, of Open Way Church in North Topeka.
“He’s doing well,” Shinkle said. “The surgery went well. He’s just dealing with pain issues now.”
Despite the pain, Shinkle said, Stutzman was in “good spirits.”
Stutzman was the front-seat passenger in a four-seat Piper Comanche airplane that was returning to Topeka from a business trip from New Town, N.D.
The plane was piloted by David F. Osborne, 58, of Berryton, owner of DF Osborne Construction.
Osborne was treated at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center for injuries he sustained in the evening crash but was released from the hospital this past Friday.
Stephen M. Graff, 47, of Topeka, was the third passenger in the plane. He was seated in a back seat and didn’t suffer serious injuries in the crash, which occurred about 9:50 p.m. Aug. 16 on a country road about 3 miles west of Holton.
NTSB Identification: CEN12LA551
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 16, 2012 in Holton, KS
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8546P
Injuries: 2 Serious,1 Minor.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
On August 16, 2012, at 2154 central daylight time, the pilot of a Piper PA-24-260, N8546P, made a forced landing on a rural road 3 miles south of Holton, Kansas. The pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were seriously injured. Another passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by N8546 PAPA, LLC, Tecumseh, Kansas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The cross country flight originated in Tioga (KD60), North Dakota approximately 1930, and was en route to Topeka, Kansas (KFOE).
Preliminary information indicates the pilot reported to air traffic control that the propeller was overspeeding, there was smoke in the cockpit, the engine was losing power, and he couldn't maintain altitude. The pilot attempted to land on a rural road but clipped trees and impacted a ditch. There was no evidence of fire in flight.