Commonwealth Journal

Local News

July 8, 2013

Small plane crashes in Bronston

Bronston —

Joyce and Leonard Crabtree, along with their daughter, Vickie Jones, had grown used to small planes coming and going from a small airstrip near their homes in southwest Pulaski County. 
But on Monday, the family knew something had gone wrong when a small plane — identified by officials as a 1974 Piper Warrior — flew low over their homes, located on Jacksboro Road in Bronston and adjacent to the Boss Airfield. 
“I was sitting on the porch,” said Leonard Crabtree, who was canning green beans with his wife when the crash happened at around 4 p.m. Monday. “I watched it take off and heard it crash.
“I heard the crash, saw smoke come up, and I ran out there,” Leonard Crabtree added. “ ... I wanted to get out there and help.”
Vickie Jones, who lives on the same property, said the plane flew low enough it caused several items in her home to rattle as it passed overhead and barely cleared the trees behind her home. 
“Usually those small planes aren’t that loud, but that sounded like a jet plane,” said Jones. “I knew it was too low because I could feel it.”
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department stated the plane was carrying pilot Gary D. McGlothin, 54, of Lexington, and passenger Charles A. Jackson, 55, of Winchester, Ky., when it went down in a field adjacent to the airfield. 
Airfield owner Gary Boss said he didn’t see the plane take off, but he confirmed it left from his airstrip. 
Leonard Crabtree said he rushed down Jacksboro Road to aid the victims, and he said both of them were out of the plane when he arrived at the scene. 
“I helped one of them get up,” said Leonard Crabtree, who noted that they were “bloodied” and appeared to be seriously injured.
“One asked where they were and what happened,” Leonard Crabtree later added. “One said they hit a tree.”

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