Family Of Pilot Involved In Crash Speaks Out

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

An eastern Kentucky pilot continues to recover after a plane crash.

Family members talk for the first time about what went wrong.

Emory Clinton Hurley's plane went down last week on Mountain View Drive in Bell County.

The terrain in the area was so rugged emergency crews had to fly in just to reach the 65-year-old pilot, who family members say suffered brain damage

Emory Clinton Hurley's relatives are just glad he's alive, but he has some head injuries and they aren't sure if he'll ever fully recover from those. His brother says Hurley tried to prevent the crash, and he would have if the power lines weren't there.

P. J. Hurley can't believe his brother Emory Clinton Hurley is still alive after his plane crashed.

“It makes a grown man get a tear in his eye,” P.J. Hurley said.

The two brothers share a lifetime love for old planes and flying.

P.J. Hurley says his brother took his 40 year old Cessna 150 to Middlesboro to replace the old engine.

He says his brother tested the new engine at the airport before taking off, but five miles later in the sky, the engine quit.

He was trying to make an emergency landing on an old strip mine when the plane went down.

“He couldn't see the power lines, no one can. That's a pilot's worse fear, you can't see the power lines on the ground. He clipped the lines,” P.J. Hurley said.

“Hit the ground first and did a spinning motion and flipped upside down,” P.J. said.

Hurley says his brother can't remember any of the crash.

Hurley says the crash took away a lot of his brother's memories and brain functions.

Doctors told them he has a serious concussion and bruising and bleeding on the brain, but he is expected to live.

Hurley says the accident won't keep his pilot brother out of the sky.

“He just loves to fly and he'll be back just as soon as he possibly can,” P.J. said

Hurley says doctors told them they think rehab may bring back a lot of his brother's brain functions and he may start that soon.

Hurley says they don't know what caused the engine to quit, but the NTSB is investigating why.

We'll bring you the latest when they release their report.

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  • by David Marksbury Location: Campbellsville,Ky on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    Sure glad Mr. Hurley is doing better. It sure was a scary scene up there on Mountain Drive that afternoon. Good Well Soon Mr. Hurley.


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