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Hopkinsville man calls son hero for rescuing him from plane crash

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HOPKINSVILLE, KY (WSMV) -

A Hopkinsville man is calling his son a hero. After a plane crash Thursday, the son pulled his father to safety.

"In my mind, that son of mine is the man of the hour," said Mike Creed. "He saved my life. I'm sitting here able to talk to you right now because he pulled his old man out of the wreck."

At Tristar Skyline Medical Center, Mike and son, Ben Creed, are in as high spirits as ever just one day since the crash.

"I think it's really important to note that I'm really proud of him too," said Ben. "If anyone less experienced were flying that airplane, one or both of us would be dead. He saved me as much as I saved him."

Like he's done every year for his birthday since he was 16, Mike said Thursday he was taking his family's World War II-era artillery spotting aircraft up in the air.

His son with him, Mike said he started to notice something was very wrong with the engine.

"I looked both ways and couldn't see any traffic on the Pennyrile Parkway, so I could land there safely," said Mike. "A tree either caught the gear or wing and pulled me down into the guardrail."

"The gas was just leaking all over my dad's legs," said Ben. "That's when I knew we were in serious trouble."

"He had the presence of mind to cut off all the gas flow," Mike continued. "Otherwise, the airplane probably would've burst into flames."

"I knocked out that window with my elbow," said Ben.

"He pulled me out of the airplane which, given my size, was no small task," said Mike.

Ben was hardly injured, while Mike continues to recover from injuries to his head and wrist. A small stone sits in front of his hospital bed reading, "Time Heals All Wounds."

Mike's goal now is to take up the same aircraft on its 100th birthday. He said that'll be a flight he'll take when he's in his 80s, and his hope is that his son will join him.

"I'm so proud of that man," said Mike. "He's everything I could've wanted in a son. He saved my skin. That's for sure."

Mike has the special title of being Skyline's first trauma patient since the hospital got the designation as a level two trauma center on Wednesday. Skyline officials said it was time for the area to get a new trauma center considering the growing size of the area.

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