FAA arrives at site of Pulaski County plane crash

PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - BRONSTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Jacksboro Road residents were quick to pick up their phones and call for help...once the otherwise quiet..rural area was filled with the sights and sounds..of a small plane crash.

"There was a plane that took off from Boss Airport that just crashed," a caller is heard telling the Pulaski 911 dispatcher.

Some gave dispatchers details of the plane and its occupants. Others talked about helping the victims.

"I think one is going into cardiac arrest," said a caller.

FAA investigators arrived Tuesday to begin examining the wreckage and the surrounding area, hoping what's left of the small piper plane will tell them how and why it went down. The passenger's daughter says her father says the grass runway was very wet from days of rain..and the plane had trouble gaining altitude.

A spokesperson for the FAA says that all the information will be forwarded to the National Transportation Safety Board; that agency will make a determination on what caused the crash in about a year.

The pilot, Gary McGothlin, is in fair condition at UK hospital. Passenger Charles Jackson was released and is resting at home. Relatives of both want to thank the emergency workers and others who rushed to help them.

"We've got them out of the plane, one is complaining of his chest, the other has his head busted up. Both are cut up," the caller said.

McGothlin's sister says her brother should be released from the hospital in the next day or two.


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