Teens flying from Nashville survive crash-landing in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSN/KAKE/WKRN) – Two teenagers flying a small plane from Nashville crash-landed in Wichita, Kansas, on Friday at the Tallgrass Golf Course.

According to police, the engine of the small plane stalled, causing it to land on its belly. A 17-year-old male pilot and 18-year-old female passenger were on board at the time.

Officials told KSN the two teenagers were flying back from Nashville in the Mooney M20C and were headed toward Jabara Airport, also in Wichita.

The teens were reportedly treated for what was first thought to be minor injuries. However, officials later said one of them may have more serious injuries.

Police on the scene said the pilot did a great job of landing the plane.

“From what I was told the pilot did an excellent job at what he did. We did check the areas and no homes have been hit,” Lt. Paul Duff told ABC-affiliate KAKE News.

KAKE also spoke to Sabris Corp, the company that rented to the plane out to the teenager. The comapny told KAKE News the teen had been qualified to fly by an authorized instructor and he had plenty of experience in the air.

Nikki Womack lives on the Tallgrass Golf Course and was one of the first people on the scene after the plane landed.

“I thought, ‘Oh no, it’s going to hit our neighbors’ roof,’ and so I ran to the back of the house and I saw it clear the roof and just nose dive into the course,” Womack told KSN.

Another neighbor said he was afraid the plane would hit a house.

“Oh it was really scary, a scary moment. I didn’t want the plane to hit the house,” said Jack Breathtaking.

The condition of the pilot and passenger are not known at this time.


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