By JB Clark/Daily Journal
TUPELO – A plane crash-landed at the Tupelo Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon, just short of the runway.
The Beechcraft Bonanza single-piston plane left Birmingham at 12:27 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Tupelo at 1:16 p.m. It crashed at 1:07 p.m.
The pilot was the only person in the plane and was able to walk from the plane to the ambulance, according to Sarah Robinson, communications director for the city of Tupelo.
He suffered some lacerations and was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for treatment.
“The aircraft landed about 2,000 feet short of the airport runway in the Buffalo Park,” said Josh Abramson, the airport’s executive director. “The pilot had his wheels underneath him at that point and when he hit the roadbank adjacent to West Jackson Street Extended it launched him back in the air. He then landed in the airfield of Tupelo Regional Airport.”
The name of the pilot has not been released but the plane is registered to Fred Newman Jr. of Columbus. The phone number associated with Newman is disconnected.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton said the city is working with the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration and Tupelo Regional Airport to determine the cause.
Robinson said there is no obvious damage to the Tupelo Buffalo Park.
Abramson said he contacted the NTSB and the FAA and that neither agency is planning to send an agent to investigate at this time.