A World War II plane crash-landed near Witchita's Westport Airport after flying over a cemetery for Memorial Day ceremonies. The plane was a 1943 Fairchild M-62C, or PT-23A, that was part of the Commemorative Air Force-Jayhawk Wing that was performing flyovers across Kansas for Memorial Day.
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Wichita police Sgt. Kelly O'Brien said the PT-23 that crashed was a trainer plane for the U.S. Army Air Force. O'Brien also said the plane's right wing clipped the ground, and at least one pole during it's crash-landing. "Thankfully they missed the fueling vessels that are over there, and there was no fire with the plane or anything else," the Sgt. confirmed.
The plane had two people aboard, a male pilot and a female passenger who both received minor injuries and were taken to a hospital where they received stitches. A Kansas Highway Patrol crash report stated the pilot was a 46-year-old man from Mulvane. The report also stated, "Pilot ran out of fuel approaching the runway at Westport Airport and attempted to restart the engine. Engine failed to start, and the plane crashed leading up to the runway."
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The airport where the crash occurred is also known as Dead Cow International and is located near Pawnee and West Street. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.
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Great story with a somewhat happy ending. No one was seriously injured, and the aircraft looks like it can be repaired. Not many crashes end this way