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Pilot recovering after plane crash in McPherson County

Published: Apr. 24, 2018 at 3:12 PM CDT
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The single occupant of a fixed-wing single engine aircraft was injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon east of Roxbury in McPherson County.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner says the pilot was first transported to the Salina Regional Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Now, Trooper Gardner says the pilot is at a Wichita hospital.

The crash happened about 2 p.m. about a one-half mile east of Roxbury and one-half mile north of Blacktop Road.

Eyewitness News checked information on the plane involved in Tuesday's crash and found it's owned by a man named Randal Shannon, of Drexel, Mo.

We're told this is the same Randal Shannon who crashed another plane in the same area of McPherson County last year.

Shannon was considered missing after last year's crash because he walked away from the plane and went to a bank in Roxbury for a meeting without calling 911.

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Shannon told reporters he didn't call anyone because he wasn't hurt and he didn't damage any property.

The most recent records for the plane involved in Tuesday's crash show it's only been registered to Shannon for a couple weeks.

The FAA says it is investigating the most recent crash involving Shannon.

Shannon told us after the first crash, he called the FAA immediately and that's all that's necessary.

The FAA says if necessary, a pilot can take off from a road or a field if there is room to do it safely.

Local authorities were told the FAA will be looking into whether Shannon was flying in a careless or reckless manner.

Shannon owns Citizens State Bank in Roxbury. The president there says Shannon often flies into town for meetings.