An ultralight aircraft crashed near the Farmington Regional Airport and new solar farm on Wednesday.

Corporal Juston Wheetley with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the call came in Wednesday afternoon for the emergency.

“We received a call around 3:40 (p.m.) for a plane crash near the airport,” he said. “When first responders arrived on scene, they described an ultralight aircraft had crashed.”

According to Wheetley, witnesses reported seeing the aircraft flying around the area of the airport and appeared as if the pilot lost control, describing the plane as pitching to the side and going straight down into the ground.

Wheetley also said witnesses reported seeing the pilot, a 46-year-old Farmington man, crawl from the aircraft.

The pilot was airlifted to Mercy St. Louis by Air Evac. Wheetley said it was reported he received serious injuries, but they do not appear to be life-threatening.

“He was alert and conscious at the scene,” Wheetley said.

Also responding were the Farmington Police Department, along with crews from the Farmington Fire Department, Big River Fire and Desloge Fire Department along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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