bill and his dogs save the day

my mom just sent me this and i thought it was far too precious not to post.  a plane crashed on our farm in south georgia!  bill is my stepfather and he’s perfect for the part of ‘saves the day’.

Bill and his dogs (Prissa and Leo)  made “above the fold” in today’s paper.  Too bad they did not mention the dogs by name!  We were blessed.  No one was injured.  Bill expected to have to do something to help with injuries.  The John Deere came to the rescue and pulled the plane from the wheat field.  As those of you who know the farm may realize, this is just about 100 yards South of our back door near the pond where the dam broke.

Best to You All!
Debra

Lee Allen speaks with the Federal Aviation Administration next to his Maule Air MS-188C airplane Wednesday. Allen brought the plane down into a wheat field off of Hopewell Church Road after it lost fuel pressure and the engine cut off. No one on board the plane, including Allen and two passengers, were injured.

Lee Allen speaks with the Federal Aviation Administration next to his Maule Air MS-188C airplane Wednesday. Allen brought the plane down into a wheat field off of Hopewell Church Road after it lost fuel pressure and the engine cut off. No one on board the plane, including Allen and two passengers, were injured.

No one hurt in plane crash

John Oxford
April 22, 2009 10:29 pm

MOULTRIE — A Texas man made quite an impact in Colquitt County after his plane’s engine lost power and he brought the craft down in a wheat field Wednesday afternoon.

Lee Allen, the owner and pilot of the Maule MS-188C aircraft, said he was flying into Spence Field on approach about 1 p.m. Wednesday when his plane’s engine lost fuel pressure. The engine then cut out, and he was able to bring the plane down into a wheat field off of Hopewell Church Road, about a mile from Spence Field.

“The engine quit,” Allen said, “and I looked for an open place to put it down.”

Bill Hampton, who saw the plane coming down as he walked his dogs, said he initially thought the plane was a crop duster. After the plane landed in the field, he called 911 and went to the site, finding Allen and his two passengers outside of the plane, standing and walking around. No one was injured in the accident.

Allen said he had flown the plane from his home in Hilltop Lakes, Texas, and was on his way for a stop at the Maule Air location. He had planned to then fly down to Florida, but instead had the plane taken to Maule Air for repairs.

Despite the accident, Allen said he felt fine and had every intention of flying again. The plane itself suffered some damage to the outside of its wings, which needed repairs, and Maule needs to determine why the engine lost fuel pressure. Once it’s repaired, however, Allen planned to get back into the cockpit.

“This plane will fly again one of these days,” Allen said.
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