Saturday, June 11, 2016

Pietenpol Air Camper, N67RH: Accident occurred June 09, 2016 in Coahoma County, Mississippi

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Jackson FSDO-31


Date:  09-JUN-16
Time:  23:30:00Z
Regis#:  N67PH
Aircraft Make:  PIETENPOL
Aircraft Model:  AIRCAMPER
Event Type:  Accident
Highest Injury:  Minor
Damage:  Substantial

Flight Phase:  UNKNOWN (UNK)
State: Mississippi


An airplane crashed in Coahoma County, Mississippi on Thursday.

The pilot in the crash survived, thanks to the help of a group of people who saw the crash.

A man who lives near the crash site said his power went out and he heard a loud noise. He ran to see what had happened, and that's when he found the plane crashed in a body of water.

The man, along with four other people, jumped in the water and pulled the pilot to safety. 

"It caught the power line. I saw it in the corner of my eye and then the plane slapped the water," witness Ben Shaffett said. 

Shaffett said Thursday night around 7:30 p.m. the plane was flying in circles over the lake. He then saw the plane crash. That's when he took action, jumped on his jet ski, and rushed to go help.

"We heard this big loud boom and we looked outside and saw an electricity surge across the water," Tristan Ainsworth said. 

Ainsworth said after the plane hit the power line and knocked out the power to his home, he ran outside. That is when he saw the plane upside down in the lake.

"I saw the man trying to climb out," Ainsworth said.

Ainsworth dove off the pier and swam to the plane. He, along with two other neighbors, began to pull the pilot to the shore. The man was going in and out of consciousness.

The neighbors helped him put on his life jacket and stabilized his head. They worked to keep him from moving because they were unsure of any injuries he had. 

On Friday, Coahoma County Sheriff's deputies removed the plane from the water. Neighbors said they are happy they were able to help.

"It was lucky where it happened because there was a lot of people in the water."

According to the pilot's daughter, the pilot is out of the hospital and is doing OK.

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