Airplane clips power lines in southern Kentucky - Tri-State News, Weather & Sports

Airplane clips power lines in southern Kentucky


No injuries were reported after a small plane crashed into power lines Monday afternoon in Simpson County, KY.

Emergency officials said the plane missed a nearby landing strip and went down in a wheat field near Tuck Road in Franklin.

The plane is still intact, and the two occupants on board, James McGaugh and his wife, of Cross Plains, were not hurt.

Officials said the pilot had just taken off from the private airstrip about a mile away when the plane experienced trouble. Witnesses say it appeared the single-engine plane couldn't get any lift after taking off.

"If you clip a power line with an aircraft and you come down and land and you can walk away from it, you're extremely lucky," said Simpson County EMA director Bob Palmer.

McGaugh told Channel 4 News that as soon as he realized he could not get any lift, his thoughts turned to his wife, who was in the passenger seat.

"My wife is about to die," was his first reaction.

The couple recently bought the plane in Springfield. They were on their way to Gallatin at the time of the crash.

The FAA will investigate the crash Tuesday morning.

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