Joplin Area Pilot Crashes in KS

An 82-year-old area man suffered minor injuries when his experimental aircraft crashed near Emporia, KS. The Kansas Highway Patrol says James Zerkel, who lives near Joplin, was flying a Challenger Experimental Light Sport aircraft from Herington to Joplin when the plane went down Wednesday afternoon in a creek. Trooper Chris Markham says the accident is being investigated but it appears to have been caused by mechanical failure. Zerkel was able to walk to a nearby highway and sought medical treatment on his own.

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Locations : EmporiaKansas
People : James Zerkel