Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fayette County, Texas

Fayette Co. officials: No one injured in small plane crash

From the Fayette County Sheriff's Office:

Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek reports that a pilot made an emergency landing just short of the runway at the Fayette County Regional Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

Sheriff Korenek advised that the Fayette County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from the Austin Air Traffic Control informing that a small aircraft was in distress and attempting to make an emergency landing in LaGrange. The Pilot reported that his plane was on fire and then the Control Center lost radio contact.

Emergency responders from the Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County EMS, LaGrange Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the airport. The small aircraft, a fixed wing single engine, failed to make the runway and was found in a swampy area near Old Lockhart Road.

The 81 year old pilot was able to make the strategic landing with minimal damage to the aircraft and with no personal injury to himself or his wife, the 71 year old passenger. The couple was traveling from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Fredericksburg, Texas when the problems arose. The incident was investigated by Texas State Trooper Greg Trojacek.


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