Thursday, December 7, 2017

Accident occurred December 06, 2017 near Farmington Regional Airport (KFAM), St. Francois County, Missouri

FARMINGTON, MO (KFVS) -  According to St. Francois County, Missouri Sheriff Dan Bullock, there was an ultralight plane crash near the airport runway in Farmington.

Highway Patrol Troop E Cpl. Juston Wheetley said they got the call around 3:40 p.m. of a possible plane down near the airport.

The airport is located south of Farmington on Route H off US 67.

Witnesses say the pilot crawled from the ultralight aircraft.

They described the plane as flying around the airport and it appeared the pilot lost control. They said the planed pitched to the side and then went down.

The pilot was conscious and alert but was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. He’s listed in serious but not life-threatening condition.

The pilot is a 46-year-old white male from Farmington. No one else was on the plane.

Sheriff Bullock said Farmington police were working the crash as well as it was in city limits.

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An ultralight aircraft crashed near the Farmington Regional Airport and new solar farm on Wednesday.

Corporal Juston Wheetley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the call came in Wednesday afternoon for the emergency.

“We received a call around 3:40 (p.m.) for a plane crash near the airport,” he said. “When first responders arrived on scene, they described an ultralight aircraft had crashed.”

According to Wheetley, witnesses reported seeing the aircraft flying around the area of the airport and appeared as if the pilot lost control, describing the plane as pitching to the side and going straight down into the ground.

Wheetley also said witnesses reported seeing the pilot, a 46-year-old Farmington man, crawl from the aircraft.

The pilot was airlifted to Mercy St. Louis by Air Evac. Wheetley said it was reported he received serious injuries, but they do not appear to be life-threatening.

“He was alert and conscious at the scene,” Wheetley said.

Also responding were the Farmington Police Department, along with crews from the Farmington Fire Department, Big River Fire and Desloge Fire Department along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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