November 9th, 2012|
November 9, 2012
A 65-year-old Mississippi man crashed his personal airplane at Conway Municipal Airport around noon on Wednesday, reports the Log Cabin.
After being flown via air ambulance to a local medical center, he was reported in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, Conway police said.
The plane, a single-engine Cessna 210, crashed at the west side of the airport.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the plane’s engine lost power shortly after departure.
“I heard he lost his engine for at least a little while there, and I think it started back at least momentarily. I wasn’t where I could listen anymore because I was running [to the crash],” said a witness. “I saw him make a hard bank after he crossed over the end of the runway and try to make it back to the airport. Basically everyone at the airport jumped in to try to do what we could do.”
At about 12:40 p.m., the man had to be removed from the wreckage by emergency responders, the Conway Fire Chief said. “He was trapped significantly. It took a pretty good while to get him disentangled.”
An investigation into the crash is being conducted, according to FAA public affairs manager. “These investigations typically take several weeks to several months to complete,” he said.