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Missouri Man Crashes Experimental Plane Near Emporia

Posted: Aug 30, 2013 11:08 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Sep 1, 2013 3:25 PM

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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.

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