Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri
Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.
Aircraft Make: AIR CAMPER
Aircraft Model: GN1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
ORONOGO, Mo. — An Oronogo man underwent surgery Tuesday after suffering facial and arm fractures late Monday afternoon when his home-built airplane crashed on his property.
While 72-year-old John Goodman's recovery will be long, his older sister, Marje Taylor, of Carl Junction, said his injuries were not life-threatening.
Taylor said Goodman, who was alert before surgery, told her that the engine of his plane failed midflight. She said he was cruising at a low altitude above the private airstrip behind his house at 20262 County Road 220 when the aircraft clipped a tree and crashed. Taylor said neighbors saw the crash and told Goodman's wife, who called 911. Goodman was pulled from the wreckage, she said.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol characterized Goodman's injuries as serious, and he was flown by medical helicopter to the hospital.
"He was alert but pretty banged up," said Detective Tim Williams, the Jasper County Sheriff 's Department's public information officer.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene Tuesday morning to investigate the crash. An FAA preliminary data report said that Goodman's GN-1 Air Camper "crashed under unknown circumstances" and sustained "substantial" damage. The aircraft was certified in November.
Taylor said that Goodman had been piloting planes since his late teens or early 20s. The plane he crashed was the second one he had built. It was named "Wendy Gayle," after his daughter who died of cancer two years ago last December.
Taylor said it was "pretty neat" her brother built and flew his own planes.
"I suppose you think of (possible accidents), but you don't dwell on it," Taylor added.
She said it was the first time he had ever been in an accident while flying.
John Goodman's father founded Goodman Church Builders, a 45-year area business that closed in 2009. The business later became Goodman Architectural Services Inc., and John Goodman served as its president.
A Grega GN-1 Aircamper plane came down in a rural area near County Road 220 and Thorn Road west of Jasper, according to Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Spokesman John Lueckenhoff said the pilot, John W. Goodman, 72, Oronogo, was taken by helicopter to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin for treatment of his injuries.
"The guy walked out of it," Walrod said. "I think he had relatively minor injuries considering what could have happened."
Lueckenhoff said the Grega GN-1 Aircamper experimental aircraft that Goodman built himself. He said the plane came down on private property near Goodman's personal airstrip.
Walrod said the FAA would be down on Tuesday to investigate the crash and deputies were guarding the site in the meantime.
Lueckenhoff said the FAA would be handling the investigation.
JASPER COUNTY, Mo. - The Missouri Highway Patrol says 72-year-old John Goodman of Oronogo was flying an open, single cockpit experimental aircraft on his property, located at 20262 County Road 220.
They say the plane, built by Goodman, was at a low altitude before the plane's wing hit a tree, and then crashed to the ground. Officers say witnesses in the area helped remove Goodman from the plane as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Highway patrol troopers say the man was lucky witnesses were able to help.
"Between the technology they have and the people that are always our looking around and reporting things like they should, we typically don't have a real hard time finding these calls," explained Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Carpenter. "So, it works out in the benefit of everybody."
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined by the Federal Aviation Administration. No information about the pilot is being released at this time.