June 28, 2007

Pilot Walks Away From Fiery Plane Crash on County Line

An ominous black cloud of smoke rose from a field on the Scotland County and Clark County line as emergency service workers approached the sight of a plane crash on Tuesday, June 26th.

But the first responders were relieved to see pilot James D. “David” Wood, emerging from the timber where he had just crashed his 1976 Cesna 188B airplane.

Wood, who was piloting the crop duster, suffered moderate injuries when he clipped the treetops at the edge of the field. He lost control of the plane and it went down in heavy timber on the Clark County side of the line.

The plane landed on its top, dousing the pilot in the fertilizer and herbicide chemicals before the fuel tanks caught fire.

Wood, who was wearing a helmet and safety harness, was able to free himself from the wreckage before it became fully engulfed by flames.

The pilot was spraying a cornfield owned by Ron Dochterman. The field is located east of Etna on the gravel road referred to as “County Line Road.” The accident occurred at around 10:30 a.m.

David’s father, Jim, the owner of Wood’s Flying Service, heard the emergency call and he flew a second plane to the crash site. He circled the wreckage, allowing responding emergency personnel to better locate the crash site.

Wood was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital suffering from numerous cuts and abrasions as well as chemical burns.

The Scotland County, Clark County and Wyaconda fire departments responded to the scene along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Clark and Scotland County sheriff’s departments.

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