A twin-engine airplane bound for home in Somerset crash-landed Saturday night just short of the runway at the Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport.
The plane's four passengers suffered minor to serious injuries in the crash and were taken to area hospitals for treatment, Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton. Jonathan Absher was released by Sunday morning. Pilot Mark Conrad, Ron Absher and Aaron Conrad remained at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.
"They're extremely fortunate they landed the way they did and the plane didn't catch fire," Hampton said.
At about 9 p.m. Saturday, the plane reported engine trouble on its way from Dayton, Ohio, to Somerset, Hampton said. A short time later, one of the passengers called 911 from the ground and said the plane appeared to have landed in a field at the Scott County airport, which was correct, the sheriff said.
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The twin-engine plane had last stopped to refuel in Columbus, Ohio, and was forced to make an emergency landing in Georgetown after it lost power, Scott County Emergency Management Director Jack Donovan said.