Thursday, December 31, 2015

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N4643R: Accident occurred December 31, 2015 in Republic, Missouri

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA079 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Republic, MO
Aircraft: PIPER 28-140, registration: N4643R
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 30, 2015, at 1815 central standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N4643R, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted trees and a fence during a forced landing on a high school practice field near Republic, Missouri. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to its wings and fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed from Creve Coeur Airport, St Louis, Missouri, and was destined to Jerry Sumners Sr. Aurora Municipal Airport, Aurora, Missouri.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

REPUBLIC, Mo - -   A small plane crashed in Republic, Missouri around 10pm Wednesday night. 

People who were in the area told fire crews they saw the plane flying low before it clipped a tree and crashed into a fence near the Republic High School.

Police say two people were in the plane; a husband and wife who's names have not been released. 

The couple, who are from Springfield, were able to call 911.

 Emergency crews say the woman has minor injuries and her husband has moderate injuries.

Right now we still don't know where the couple was flying from, or where they were headed.

The FAA will be sending a team from Kansas City Thursday morning to try to found out what led to the crash.

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A pilot and his passenger suffered injuries after their single-engine plane crashed Wednesday night near Republic High School.

The plane crash into a fence at the school's football practice field shortly before 10:00 p.m.  

Witnesses reported seeing the plane flying low. 

The couple was able to call 911 after the crash.  

Firefighters cut off the roof to get them out safely.  

There was a minor fuel leak that firefighters took care of with foam.

Police describe the woman's injuries as minor.  Her husband suffered moderate injuries.

Investigators do not know where the couple was traveling.


Two people were injured when a small plane crashed Wednesday night near Republic High School, according to the Republic Fire Department.

A 34- year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were injured, according to Republic Police Chief Mike Lawton. 

The man suffered moderate injuries and the woman had minor injuries.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Police received a phone call from one of the occupants of the plane.

Firefighters dealt with a fuel spill at the crash scene, but no fire.

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UPDATE: A small plane crash landed in the practice field at Republic High School. The fire chief says the 911 call came in from one of the people inside the plane after it landed.

He says it took about 10 minutes to get the couple out of the plane.

The pilot has moderate injuries, while the woman has minor injuries. Both were taken to the hospital.

The Chief also says the plane was leaking gas and crews had to lay a blanket of foam around the plane to prevent fire.

We have a report of a plane crash at Republic High School.  All we know is it's a small plane that crash landed in the high school practice field.

There were two people in the plane when it crashed.  Both were taken to the hospital.

We have no report on the extent or severity of any injuries. 

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