Plane crashes into trees during emergency landing at Johnson County Airport | News

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) – A plane crashed into trees during an emergency landing Friday morning at Johnson County Executive Airport. The plane’s pilot and co-pilot were not injured, authorities said.

The plane took off from the airport bound for Colorado shortly before noon and had some trouble in the air, forcing it to attempt an emergency landing at 11:57 a.m., according to emergency crews.

During an emergency landing, the plane ended up about half a mile south of the runway and in trees, losing both wings in the process. The pilot and co-pilot, who are well, were the only people on board.

After crashing into the trees, the pilot and co-pilot were unable to exit the plane. They ended up getting out of it on their own.

The airport is in Olathe, but the plane technically crashed within the city limits of Overland Park.

Flight records indicate the airport had only one departure between 10:30 a.m. and noon, a Piper Cherokee Arrow single-engine craft that was airborne for a minute shortly before noon. This aircraft is registered to Two Wings And A Prayer LLC of Aurora, CO.

Police and emergency crews occupied the scene Friday afternoon, waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to arrive on the scene and conduct a formal investigation.

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