A 79-year-old man was airlifted to a Tyler hospital on Thursday after his single-engine plane crashed south of Mt. Vernon shortly after takeoff. Department of Public Safety Trooper Sylvia Jennings says Bobby Kenneth Perry, a Mt. Vernon resident, lost power in his plane around 7:50 on Thursday morning. The plane hit pine trees near Farm to Market 900 and Highway 37, tearing off its wings before it crashed into an open field. Perry was the only person on board. Perry was flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler with numerous broken bones. He is in serious condition, but his injuries are non-life-threatening. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Perry was flying from Mt. Vernon to Winnsboro to have annual maintenance done on the plane, a 1969 Piper PA-28R fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.
By Marshall Stephens Copyright 2014 KLTV. All rights reserved.