Kansas Pilot Hurt After Crashing Into Field

By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News/Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Saturday, August 18, 2012

A western Kansas man is injured after crashing his fixed-wing airplane into a Greeley County cornfield.

A.B. Smith, 52, of Sharon Springs, was flying the single-engine Cessna at 10:38 a.m. Friday when he lost control of the plane when banking to turn.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says Smith was able to straighten out the plane and crash landed in a field near Tribune. It came to rest on its landing gear in an upright position.

Smith was taken to Greeley County Hospital, which declined to release information about his condition late Friday. A woman at the hospital told The Associated Press on Saturday he was transferred to a different hospital soon after he arrived, but she didn't have information on where he was taken.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dispatchers said a pilot escaped serious injury when his small plane crashed in Western Kansas today.

Emergency crews responded to the scene 13 miles north of Tribune in Greeley County shortly afternoon.

A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said the pilot is an area farmer who was checking his crops. The dispatcher said the pilot was slightly injured in the crash.

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