WICHITA, Kansas – Federal investigators were called to the scene of a small plane’s crash landing Friday afternoon on the Tallgrass Golf Course near the 2400 block of E. Greenleaf Court.
Officials report that the plane, a Mooney M20C, landed on its belly and no leaks were found by hazmat teams. Two teens who were on board the plane reportedly were treated for what was first thought to be minor injuries. However, officials later said one of them may have more serious injuries.
Nikki Womack lives on the Tallgrass Golf Course and was one of the first people on the scene after the plane landed.
“I thought, oh no, it’s going to hit our neighbors’ roof, and so I ran to the back of the house and I saw it clear the roof and just nose dive into the course,” Womack said.
Officials told KSN the plane was piloted by a 17-year-old with an 18-year-old passenger. The two were flying back from Nashville and were headed toward Jabara Airport.
Police said at the scene the plane appeared to have engine trouble.
“Engine stalled, it had engine trouble, and they basically landed it right here behind us, and they both went to the hospital with minor injuries.”
Police said the pilot did a great job of landing the plane.
“From what I was told, the pilot did an excellent job,” Duff said. “We did check the area, there was no homes hit or anything like that.”
Another neighbor said he was afraid the plane would hit a house.
“Oh it was really scary, a scary moment. I didn’t want the plane to hit the house,” said Jack Breathtaking.
Nikki Womack said she sees many planes flying low overhead around the golf course.
The condition of the pilot and passenger are not known at this time.