Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Grega GN-1 Aircamper, N23RT: Accident occurred March 20, 2017 in Oronogo, Jasper County, Missouri


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 20-MAR-17
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N23RT
Aircraft Make: AIR CAMPER
Aircraft Model: GN1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

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.

Source:  http://www.fourstateshomepage.com

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