Wichita County Emergency Crews Respond to Airplane Crash Near Old Iowa Park Road
UPDATE: The pilot of the airplane has been identified as 65-year-old John Knowles of Wichita Falls.
Authorities are investigating an airplane crash near the Wichita Valley Airport just outside of Iowa Park this morning.
According to reports, just before 10:00 am, emergency crews responded to a downed civilian aircraft near Old Iowa Park Road off the southeast end of the runway at the airport.
BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Plane that crashed is confirmed as a civilian craft. One person transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/OcAytogyZR
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According to TRN, the pilot of the airplane was attempting to land at the Wichita Valley Airport Sunday night when a strong gust of wind forced the aircraft down causing it to crash into a ditch at the end of the runway.
The pilot was reportedly inside the airplane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza, all night and was finally able escape the wreckage Monday morning and walk to a nearby home to get help.
The Wichita County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The exact cause of the accident is now being investigated by the FAA.
This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.