The Missouri Highway Patrol says 72-year-old John Goodman of Oronogo was flying an open, single cockpit experimental aircraft on his property, located at 20262 County Road 220.
They say the plane, built by Goodman, was at a low altitude before the plane’s wing hit a tree, and then crashed to the ground. Officers say witnesses in the area helped remove Goodman from the plane as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
Highway patrol troopers say the man was lucky witnesses were able to help.
“Between the technology they have and the people that are always our looking around and reporting things like they should, we typically don’t have a real hard time finding these calls,” explained Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Sam Carpenter. “So, it works out in the benefit of everybody.”
The cause of the crash has yet to be determined by the Federal Aviation Administration. No information about the pilot is being released at this time.