Houston Herald

A pilot walked away with a minor cut after his airplane crashed Sunday morning northwest of the Houston Memorial Airport, authorities said.

At about 10 a.m., the pilot walked up to a Westwood Drive residence in Houston, Mo., to report he was uninjured. He had a minor scratch on his face.  That was after he called a Yukon-area neighbor to report he had crashed, was okay, but didn’t know where he was situated.

A search was already underway after a resident witnessed the aircraft go down just outside the city limits.

The pilot, who hasn’t been identified, said he was flying circles around the city-owned airport when he experienced engine trouble. He told the resident he had flown to the Rolla area before returning in the airplane that is a military replica.

The aircraft has extensive damage and is in a densely wooded area. The area has been cordoned off awaiting the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration.

On the scene were members of the Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol. An ambulance was called to the area, but was not needed.