Missouri Man Crashes Experimental Plane Near Emporia

3 years 7 months 4 weeks ago August 30, 2013 Aug 30, 2013 Friday, August 30 2013 Friday, August 30, 2013 10:08:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

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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