GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Four Somerset men survived the crash-landing of a twin-engine turboprop at the Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport Saturday evening.
Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton said Mark Conrad was piloting the Beechcraft King Air. The sheriff said Conrad's son, Aaron was on board as well as Ron Absher and his son, Jonathan Absher. A family friend said the four were coming back from a fishing trip to Canada. They were flying a leg from Dayton to their home in Somerset when the plane ran into trouble.
"There was some type of engine failure. Just basically lost control after a certain point. It was still flying on one engine and then I guess he lost power to the second engine," said Georgetown/Scott County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security Director Jack Donovan.
The airplane's flight path according to FlightAware.com showed Conrad divert to the nearby Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport. Donovan said Conrad was able to get word to air traffic control that they would try an emergency landing there. That led to a quick EMS response to the airport.
"They went ahead and got ready and started heading this way. I'm real pleased with the response that everybody did - fire department, sheriff's department, ambulance, emergency management," Donovan said.
Donovan said the King Air touched down on an embankment near the runway, bounced, and slid to a stop not far from a taxiway. He said the plane's landing gear may have helped to soften the impact. He said emergency crews were able to get to work quick, treating everyone. Sheriff Hampton said the others on board were the pilot's son, Aaron Conrad, Ron Absher and his son, Jonathan Absher. Friends said Jonathan Absher had been released from the hospital. Emergency management officials did not know the other men's conditions Sunday afternoon.
A representative from the Federal Aviation Administration looked over the wreckage Sunday morning. Airport officials weren't sure if National Transportation Safety Board investigators would come to the scene. Donovan said the FAA would likely brief the NTSB on the accident. The airport was operating normally.
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