May 22

Plane crash-lands in Morristown; no injuries


A plane crash in Morristown Thursday has local pilots concerned.

Police say the plane was being flown by a pilot with 50 years of experience.

Thursday afternoon, 68-year-old Leonard Wing crashed his single engine aircraft at the Morrisville-Stowe Airport. He was not hurt.

Don Post, another seasoned pilot, was not surprised by the crash. He says the runway area at the airport has become a concern in recent years.

“The runway was all redone last year which is wonderful, but part of that process, and we’re not really sure why it was done, but they added drainage to the side of the runway. So there are two big ditches on the south end of the runway,” said Post.

Post, who runs a gliding business out of the airport, did not see Thursday’s crash, but says those two ditches could have played a role.

“With a ditch close to the runway then as the plane goes off the runway when the gear goes into the ditch it’s either going to nose into the ground or the plane could just flip right over and around, and that seems like something that shouldn’t be happening at an airport,” said Post.

The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. But investigators say Wing told them crosswinds caused him to lose control. After using emergency braking, the plane flipped upside down. Glider Pilot Bill Henchey, who flies in and out of the airport regularly, says that’s a common issue when landing.

“For the most part I think this is a pretty nice day to go flying. There is if you look at the run of the flags, there is a crosswind and it produces more of a challenge. Bigger airports they have an alternate runway. Here we have [just the] one [runway,]” said Henchey.

WCAX made multiple attempts to reach out to the airport and state department of aviation but did not hear back.

May 22

Video Shows Plane Smuggling Cocaine Crash In Sea Near Colombia

A small airplane reportedly carrying a ton of cocaine crashed into the Caribbean Sea as the Colombian air force tried to intercept it. Grainy, black-and-white video shows the twin-engine plane plummeting into the water on Wednesday.

In the aftermath, a dispute quickly emerged between Colombia and Venezuela about the plane’s origins.

The pilot, whose body was recovered from the wreckage, was traveling with a Mexican passport, Reuters reported. The Hawker 800 aircraft held 1.2 metric tons of coke divided into one-kilogram packages, according to The Associated Press.

The Colombian and Venezuelan governments put out conflicting information about the plane and its flight.

The Colombian air force said Wednesday that the plane had taken off from Venezuela and was headed to somewhere in Central America. They blamed the crash on a motor failure when the pilot tried to evade the military planes that had ordered it to land, according to The Guardian.

Later, the Venezuelan defense minister said that the plane had originated in Central America and had landed in a remote part of Venezuela for a few hours. Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said that his country’s air force had shot at the plane when it took off again and then had alerted their Colombian counterparts to the trafficker.

H/T Vice

May 22

At least one dead in Perry County plane crash

LOST CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. -

One person died in a plane crash near the Perry-Breathitt County line Thursday night.

The scene is not far from the Wendell Ford Airport.

The small plane went down in the Lower Lost Creek area around 6:30 p.m.

We do not know a whole lot at this point about the moments before the crash and what might have caused it. However, WYMT was on scene with investigators since right after the crash happened, as they combed through the wreckage, and tried to figure out what caused the plane to go down.

Police and firefighters from several agencies are gathering as much information as they can about this deadly crash and are also taking precautions to make sure fuel spilled from the plane does not catch fire.

Silas Miller lives nearby and rushed to the wreckage when he heard the plane go down.

Miller said, “It’s just a mangled mess, it is spread out for about probably 30 yards, just sheets of metal”.

Pieces of the aircraft were visible in trees and on the ground, but investigators are not sure if clipping a branch is what caused the plane to crash.

Perry County Deputy Coroner John Collett added, “Right now we are waiting for NTSB and FAA to show up at the scene. Kentucky State Police are going to secure the scene for the evening. We have one confirmed dead at this time. But we are reserving any more information and will release it as follows”.

Three boys say they were playing outside when they saw the plane streak through the sky with smoke behind it.

Colin, Jackson, and Ace Miller witnessed the crash. They said, “It was a white plane with a black stripe down it. We were down there shooting ball and it came down through the air and zigzagged and spun in circles and hit the bank”.

FAA investigators are expected to arrive here Friday morning.

Until FAA gets to the scene, we probably will not know who the victim was, how many victims there are, and what kind of plane it was.

Firefighters do not think the plane was carrying more than 40 gallons of fuel, so it was a small plane.

Police are on scene of a plane crash in Perry County in the Lower Lost Creek community near the Breathitt County line.

We have confirmed that the wreckage has been found and at least one person is dead. Two deputy coroners and emergency crews are responding to the scene.

The scene of the crash is near the Wendell Ford Airport, but officials at the airport would not comment at this time. The accident happened some time around 7:00 p.m. We do not have any information on the type of plane and how many people were aboard.

Perry County 911 dispatchers tell us that the 8000 block of Lost Creek Road and Gearl Valley Drive in Barger Bottom will be closed until further notice due to the crash.

We have a reporter on the scene. We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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