Pilot, passenger injured as small plane crashes in Lee’s Summit

The Lee’s Summit JournalApril 6, 2014 

A Cessna 210 airplane crashed Sunday night near Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit, injuring two people aboard. Chris Depue, the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s public information officer, said the plane’s pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital. The pilot suffered minor injuries. Depue said the passenger was seriously injured.

JOHN BEAUDOIN — The Lee’s Summit Journal

A Cessna 210 airplane has crashed in Lee’s Summit.

Around 5:45 p.m. April 6, witnesses at Legacy Park reported a low-flying airplane that appeared to be in trouble. Minutes later emergency personnel were called out to a field off Colbern Road and Windsor Road, just east of the park, on a downed aircraft.

Lee’s Summit Police Department Public Information Officer Chris Depue confirmed both the pilot and a passenger were taken to an area hospital. Both men are in their 20s or 30s, he said. The pilot sustained minor injuries while the passenger had what Depue described as “serious” injuries.

John Gibson, Lee’s Summit, was at home at the time and spotted the troubled plane.

“I live here on Prairie Lee Lake, and we could tell he had engine problems. After he fired it up again, I said ‘get your phones out because he is going down,’” Gibson said. “The plane started going down near Woodland Shores. He was coming toward the airport, then he took a hard 90 to go toward Legacy Park. He went over Legacy Park. He did a darn good job of putting it down in a place where he wasn’t going to hurt anybody.”

Ryan Weaver, Lee’s Summit, was playing soccer at Legacy Park when the plane came overhead.

“We were playing the game and the plane flew over the field pretty low,” Weaver said. “It just kept getting lower and lower and immediately took a right turn and hit the ground. It was pretty obvious he was in trouble. We were worried it was going to hit the house.”

The plane crashed facing southwest, with the nose nearly broken off and one wing into the ground. The aircraft was 100 yards from a home off Windsor.

Depue said investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration would be in Lee’s Summit April 7 to look into the crash.

“I would guess they are going to analyze the wreckage and conduct an investigation,” Depue said.

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