The men were able to get clear of the aircraft before fire erupted in the small plane.
“They were hurt real bad,” said Leonard Crabtree.
Leonard and Joyce Crabtree’s great-grandson, Jeremiah Calder, 12, had been woken up by the plane, and he rushed to the site with Leonard Crabtree.
“I thought it wouldn’t be possible for them to survive,” said Calder, who noted he felt “nauseated” when he realized what had happened. “ ... I heard it and I thought it was thunder right beside the house.”
Meanwhile, Joyce Crabtree called 911 from their home.
“I started praying and just thought ‘Lord, help them,’” said Joyce Crabtree.
Joyce Crabtree also called Jones, who was still in her home, and Jones said she knew exactly what she was calling about.
“She said ‘Guess what?’” said Jones. “I said ‘I know, Mom, a plane crashed.’
“I like to watch the planes come and go from the airfield, but today, it was just too close for comfort,” added Jones.
Firefighters with Bronston Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene to put the flames out, and they were soon joined by the Tateville Volunteer Fire Department.
Pulaski County Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson, who also responded to the scene, said the fire was contained, but “It just continued a slow burn.
“We had to cool it down before we could get in there and cut the fuel line,” said Robinson.
It took around an hour for firefighters to completely douse the flames.
Robinson said the plane can carry 24 gallons of fuel in each wing, and witnesses on the scene stated the plan may have been carrying around 40 gallons when it went down.
McGlothin and Jackson were treated on the scene by Somerset-Pulaski County EMS and airlifted individually by helicopters to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.