August 12, 2004

Memphis Man Injured In Plane Crash

A Memphis man was seriously injured when his ultra-light plane crashed while he was attempting to make an emergency landing on the grass airstrip located on his farm north of Crawford.

Roy Watson, 68, of rural Scotland County, was piloting his aircraft on Sunday, August 8th when he apparently experienced motor troubles. Friends indicated the planeís engine had been acting up recently.

The Scotland County Sheriffís Department received a call at 7:24 p.m. of a plane crash. The caller indicated an ultra-light aircraft had gone down at the residence and the pilot was trapped in the vehicle, which was leaking fuel.

The Scotland County Fire Department was dispatched to the scene along with the Scotland County Ambulance Service.

The firemen used the Jaws of Life to extricate Watson, the pilot. The equipment was used to cut away pieces of the metal piping, from which the lightweight plane is built.

The aircraft crash-landed southwest of the grass landing strip located west of the Watsonís residence. The plane hit the ground nose first after just clearing a pond and a large tree.

Watson was treated at the scene by the Scotland County Ambulance crew. The Air-Evac Lifeteam was on the scene almost immediately after the victim was extricated from the crash. The helicopter landed on the grass airstrip at the farm approximately 500 yards from the crash site. The air ambulance crew stabilized Watson in the SCMH ambulance along with the assistance of Dr. Ronald Keller and local EMS workers before transferring him to the helicopter. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

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