A Cessna 210 airplane crashed Sunday night in Lee’s Summit, injuring two people aboard.
Around 5:45 p.m., witnesses at Legacy Park reported a low-flying airplane that appeared to be in trouble. Minutes later, emergency personnel were called to a field off Colbern and Windsor roads, just east of the park, on a report of a downed aircraft.
Chris Depue, the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s public information officer, said the plane’s pilot and a passenger were taken to a hospital. Both men are in their 20s or 30s, he said. The pilot suffered minor injuries. Depue said the passenger was seriously injured.
John Gibson of Lee’s Summit was at home at the time and spotted the troubled plane.
“I live here on Prairie Lee Lake, and we could tell he had engine problems. After he fired it up again, I said, ‘Get your phones out because he is going down,’ ” Gibson said. “The plane started going down near Woodland Shores. He was coming toward the airport, then he took a hard 90 to go toward Legacy Park. He went over Legacy Park. He did a darn good job of putting it down in a place where he wasn’t going to hurt anybody.”
Ryan Weaver of Lee’s Summit was playing soccer at Legacy Park when the plane flew overhead.
“We were playing the game, and the plane flew over the field pretty low,” Weaver said. “It just kept getting lower and lower and immediately took a right turn and hit the ground. It was pretty obvious he was in trouble. We were worried it was going to hit the house.”
The plane crashed facing southwest, with the nose nearly broken off and one wing driven into the ground. The aircraft landed 100 yards from a home on Windsor Road.
Depue said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration would be in Lee’s Summit on Monday to investigate the crash.