JERSEY COUNTY, Ill. (KMOX) – An 82-year-old pilot from Florissant was able to walk away this morning, after he was forced to crash-land his single-seat homemade airplane in a Jersey County, Ill., cornfield.
Jersey County Sheriff Mark Kallal says Donald Glennie noticed trouble moments after the Mini Max 1600 Sport took off from the Jerseyville Airport.
“He heard the engine start to sputter and started turning around and going back to the airport,” Kallal says.
Glennie didn’t make it back.
The sheriff says Glennie cleared the Wal-Mart and planted the nose of the plane into a cornfield.
“Once it got down into that corn, it put the nose right into the ground and right where it is sitting there’s a path of corn that’s down right underneath the plane, but there is no long path to it or anything like that,” Kallal explains.
Kallal says the pilot barely suffered a scratch.
“He was standing and talking to everybody whenever I arrived on scene,” Kallal says.