Ashland attorney escapes brush with death in single-engine plane crash

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

ASHLAND – A failed plane take-off Monday afternoon left Ashland attorney John Booth Farese injured but not seriously, a family spokesman said today.

Farese, 67, is a 40-plus year pilot and a member of the well-known Farese & Farese Law Firm of Ashland.

Partner and younger brother Steve Farese Sr. said John Booth had just bought a parachute designed to safely bring down small planes like the 182 Cessna John Booth was taking off in about 5:15 p.m.

Steve said the accident appears to have happened like this:

John Booth took off from the Holly Springs airport to fly to his grass air strip in Ashland. He got about 300 feet into the air when, he said, “everything just quit.”

Without plane lift, it sinks like a stone, and John Booth had about 2-3 seconds to decide what to do. He decided to deploy the new chute, but he suspects it really didn’t have enough time to fully deploy. It did, however, level off the plane.

The single-engine, four-seater craft went down in the woods and probably hit trees before coming to rest. And despite John Booth’s anticipation it would hit hard, it was much harder than he expected.

“He said he never felt anything so hard,” Steve said.

John Booth Farese was taken by ambulance to The Med in Memphis where Monday night, trauma doctors said they didn’t see any broken bones. He’s wearing a back brace and his legs “are all beat up” and he’s got a knot on his head, Steve said.

“But he’s in good spirits,” Steve noted.

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