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Archive for Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Small aircraft crashes in Lawrence field

May 1, 2013, 2:29 p.m. Updated May 1, 2013, 5:13 p.m.

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Ultra-wing crash

Area emergency personnel work the scene of a fixed-wing ultra-light crash Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in the 1600 block of N. 1300 Rd. The owner was flown by LifeStar to the KU Medical Center in serious condition. Enlarge video

Emergency personnel respond to a fixed-wing ultralight aircraft crash Wednesday in the 1600 block of N. 1300 Road. The pilot was flown by LifeStar helicopter ambulance to the Kansas University Hospital in serious condition.

Emergency personnel respond to a fixed-wing ultralight aircraft crash Wednesday in the 1600 block of N. 1300 Road. The pilot was flown by LifeStar helicopter ambulance to the Kansas University Hospital in serious condition.

A Lawrence man was taken to Kansas University Hospital with serious injuries after the small aircraft he was piloting crashed in a field in southeast Lawrence Wednesday afternoon.

Witnesses reported the crash about 12:40 p.m., and Lawrence Douglas-County Fire Medical crews found Dennis R. McNish, 60, wounded in the aircraft in a pasture behind a house in the 1600 block of North 1300 Road, said Lt. Keith Hudson, a Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman.

The two-seat, fixed wing ultralight aircraft was badly damaged, and McNish was in serious condition, Hudson said.

McNish was attempting to take off from the pasture behind his house, and did get into the air for a moment, Hudson said, before crashing into a treeline and fence on the property. He often used the pasture behind his home as an airstrip, and others in the area also operate similar small aircraft.

The highway patrol will continue to investigate with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Hudson said. Troopers planned to meet with Federal Aviation Administration officials Thursday.

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The scene of a fixed-wing ultra-light crash Wednesday, May 1, in the 1600 block of N. 1300 Rd. The owner was flown by LifeStar helicopter ambulance to Kansas University Hospital with serious injuries.

Comments

candaceflynn 1 year, 3 months ago

Yikes. I wonder if this is the same aircraft we saw flying VERY low & making turns also very low near Prairie Park yesterday afternoon.

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workinghard 1 year, 3 months ago

I saw that also and wondered about whether or not it was safe to be flying that low. Thought maybe it was someone taking flying lessons because of the maneuvers he was doing.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

Wind gusts perhaps too high to be flying those today?

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somebodynew 1 year, 3 months ago

Thoughts to him and the family.

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