Woodford County

Versailles man walks away from plane crash

A Versailles man walked away from a plane crash in Russell County on Friday afternoon.

Charles Monette, 76, was piloting a Piper airplane about 5 miles north of the Russell County Airport when he notified the airport at about 1:50 p.m. that he was having engine trouble, according to a Facebook post by the Russell County Sheriff's Department.

A few minutes later, he "advised airport personnel he was not going to make it to the airport and was going to attempt an emergency landing in a field," according to the sheriff's office.

Soon after, calls began coming in to 911 about a plane crash in a field off Little Clifty Creek Road, about 2 miles northwest of Russell Springs.

Emergency responders found Monette, the only person aboard the plane, alert and standing away from it, with only a head laceration.

He was taken to the Russell County Hospital and was expected to be released Friday afternoon.

The sheriff's office said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board would investigate the crash.

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