BRONSTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Moments after it took off from the Boss Airfield in Bronston Monday afternoon, Leonard Crabtree says he could tell there something wrong about the plane.
“I saw the plane come down the runway….noticed it wasn’t running right,” said Crabtree who lives on Jacksboro Road, near the airfield in Pulaski County.
Then he heard the crash.
“I got out there quick as I could..helped one of them get up…both could walk,” Crabtree said.
“By the time I got over there, the older guy was sitting on the ground, his chest was hurting, the other guy was walking toward him, blood on his face. Didn’t know where he was at,” said Jeremy Thompson, who lives across from the field where the plane went down.
Police say the pilot, Gary McGothlin, 54, of Lexington, was attempting a soft takeoff when he didn’t get enough altitude and crashed landed in a field near the airfield.
Both McGothlin and passenger, Charles Jackson, 55, of Winchester, were able to walk away from the crash.
“One asked where they was, and what happened. One said they hit a tree,” said Crabtree.
Emergency officials say the plane was returning to Lexington after picking up some equipment at the private air strip. It’s been there for decades, but neighbors say they rarely see planes use it.
“We’ve been here for five years never seen a plane take off or land from there,” said Thompson.
Both men are listed in fair condition at UK hospital.