Two injured in HSB aircraft crash



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This Van's RV-8 photo crashed into utility pole in Horseshoe Bay Friday, Feb. 15. The pilot and a passenger were taken to a South Austin hospital for treatment of injuries they sustained.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Two men are being treated in South Austin hospital after their single-engine experimental fixed wing aircraft crashed into a utility pole in Horseshoe Bay, police said Friday, Feb. 15.

At about 4:04 p.m. Friday, the Horseshoe Bay Fire Department and Horseshoe Bay Police Department were notified of a plane crash in the 6800 block of Ranch-to-Market Road 2147, Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Rocky Wardlow said.

Upon arrival, police and fire personnel found a Van's RV-8 homebuilt plane had crashed into a utility pole on the south side of the highway. The aircraft was occupied by two men — a pilot later identified as Charles Scott, 75, of Lakeway, and a passenger later identified as Stanley Graham, 73, of Austin, Wardlow said.

“Both individuals were conscious and coherent while being rescued from the wreckage,” Wardlow said. “Both men were transported by Marble Falls Area EMS to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center for treatment of injuries they sustained in the crash.

“Witnesses at the scene reported seeing the plane leave the Horseshoe Bay Airport, heard the aircraft experience engine problems, and watched as the pilot attempt to maneuver a turn back to the airport before the engine completely failed.”

"FAA investigators are on their way to the accident site, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation," said Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson.

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