By KY3 Staff
STONE COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – Crews are investigating an airplane crash and fire Saturday afternoon in Stone County, Missouri.
According to the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District, two people were on board the plane and suffered minor burns. The injuries appear to be non-life-threatening at this point.
Crews responded to the crash, which happened near Kimberling Airport in Kimberling City, around 1:30 p.m.
One witness tells KY3 that she and her husband and her neighbor were boating when they saw smoke. They hurried down to help, then spotted the plane on fire. Alan Bailles and Barbie Hartman Bailles submitted photos of the scene to KY3.
Another witness says the plane was flying low with its tow bar hanging and hit a tree, then went up into flames. A group of neighbors responded quickly, including one who grabbed a water hose and one who ran to the scene to check on the passenger.
Chris Wiehe, a witness, says the pilot was able to kick his door open, but the passenger was pulled out by a witness. Both made it out alive, only suffering minor burns.
The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said, just before 2 p.m., Mercy EMS requested a Lifeline to Kimberling Airways in response.