The WWII Plane Crashes in Wichita
WICHITA, KANSAS – May 28, 2018
A plane crash-landed near Wichita's Westport Airport after it finished flying over area Memorial Day ceremonies on Monday afternoon.
The unspecified 1943 Fairchild M-62C, or PT-23A, airplane was a part of the Commemorative Air Force-Jayhawk Wing that was doing flyovers across the state for Memorial Day, Wichita police Sgt. Kelly O'Brien pointed out.
The plane was heading southward for the airport, near Kessler and Pawnee, when the engine failed, O'Brien said. It crashed on the north side of Pawnee. The airstrip is on the south side of Pawnee.
"Thankfully they missed the fueling vessels that are over there, and there was no fire with the plane or anything else," added policeman.
The male pilot and the female passenger received minor injuries and were sent to a hospital for stitches. According to Kansas Highway Patrol crash report, the pilot was a 46-year-old man from Mulvane.
“Pilot ran out of fuel approaching the runway at Westport Airport and attempted to restart the engine,” the report said. "Engine failed to start, and the plane crashed leading up to the runway.”