Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:08 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Sep 1, 2013 3:25 PM
EMPORIA, Kan. - An 82-year-old Missouri man suffered minor injuries when his experimental aircraft crashed near Emporia.
The Kansas Highway Patrol says James Zerkel, who lives near Joplin, Mo., was flying a Challenger Experimental Light Sport aircraft from Herington to Joplin when the plane went down Wednesday afternoon in a creek.
Trooper Chris Markham says the accident is being investigated but it appears to have been caused by mechanical failure.
The Emporia Gazette reports that Zerkel was able to walk to a nearby highway and sought medical treatment on his own.