[2012.201.B0051.0161]

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Plane upside down in a creek. Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Light aircraft rests on its back in a creek Thursday after it crashed in Oklahoma City. (CITY PILOT SURVIVES CRASH OF PLANE INTO--- A 37-year-old Oklahoma City man was injured Thursday when an aircraft he was taking on a test flight crashed in a creek just east of Expressway Air park in Oklahoma City. The pilot was identified as Estel W. Husted, 6405 Connaught Court. He was listed in fair condition at Mercy Hospital, suffering from hand and knee injuries, facial cuts and a possible fractured jaw. Husted, operator of an aircraft maintenance firm at the airport at 3101 NE 63, was taking the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza on a test flight after completing repairs on the aircraft, Buck Fillinger, airport manger, said. Fillinger witnessed the crash and was the first person to arrive at the scene The aircraft landed up-side down in the creek. One wing was sheared off at the fuselage. Husted had managed to open an escape hatch and partially crawl out of the plane by the time Fillinger arrived. Fillinger said Husted, who appeared to be in shock, managed to talk to him and tell him he didn't think he had any internal injuries. Husted took off on the test flight shortly before 2 p.m. The aircraft reached an altitude of about 300 feet and made a sharp left turn, Fillinger said. "That's when I knew he was in trouble," Fillinger said. "I heard the engine sputter." Husted turned back north toward the airport, he said. He managed to circle in an effort to land in a southeasterly direction near the airport runways when the crash occurred, Fillinger said. "I'm not sure exactly where he was attempting to land, but I think he was trying to get in the field by the airport," Fillinger said. The airport manager said the plane's left wing apparently hit a cable suspending a pipe across the creek. The aircraft's landing gear had been lowered, he said. The nose of the aircraft hit the ground first and the plane ended up on its back, Fillinger said. Fillinger and others pulled Husted from the plane and waited for an ambulance to arrive, he said. Husted was lying in about six inches of water when police and firemen arrived. Fillinger said rescuers were afraid to move Husted because they didn't know the extent of his injuries. Gasoline soaked the area but there was no fire. Police officers in the area of the crash said they received radio notification of the crash around 1:50 p.m."

Creator(s): Carter, J. Pat
Location(s): United States - Oklahoma - Oklahoma County - Oklahoma City
Creation Date: July 12, 1973
Collection(s):
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
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Creator (Photographer):
Date(s):
  • Creation: July 12, 1973
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Place
United States - Oklahoma - Oklahoma County - Oklahoma City
Era
Into Modern Times, 1939-Present
Date
July 12, 1973
Description:

Plane upside down in a creek. Photograph taken for a newspaper owned by the Oklahoma Publishing Company. Caption: "Light aircraft rests on its back in a creek Thursday after it crashed in Oklahoma City. (CITY PILOT SURVIVES CRASH OF PLANE INTO--- A 37-year-old Oklahoma City man was injured Thursday when an aircraft he was taking on a test flight crashed in a creek just east of Expressway Air park in Oklahoma City. The pilot was identified as Estel W. Husted, 6405 Connaught Court. He was listed in fair condition at Mercy Hospital, suffering from hand and knee injuries, facial cuts and a possible fractured jaw. Husted, operator of an aircraft maintenance firm at the airport at 3101 NE 63, was taking the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza on a test flight after completing repairs on the aircraft, Buck Fillinger, airport manger, said. Fillinger witnessed the crash and was the first person to arrive at the scene The aircraft landed up-side down in the creek. One wing was sheared off at the fuselage. Husted had managed to open an escape hatch and partially crawl out of the plane by the time Fillinger arrived. Fillinger said Husted, who appeared to be in shock, managed to talk to him and tell him he didn't think he had any internal injuries. Husted took off on the test flight shortly before 2 p.m. The aircraft reached an altitude of about 300 feet and made a sharp left turn, Fillinger said. "That's when I knew he was in trouble," Fillinger said. "I heard the engine sputter." Husted turned back north toward the airport, he said. He managed to circle in an effort to land in a southeasterly direction near the airport runways when the crash occurred, Fillinger said. "I'm not sure exactly where he was attempting to land, but I think he was trying to get in the field by the airport," Fillinger said. The airport manager said the plane's left wing apparently hit a cable suspending a pipe across the creek. The aircraft's landing gear had been lowered, he said. The nose of the aircraft hit the ground first and the plane ended up on its back, Fillinger said. Fillinger and others pulled Husted from the plane and waited for an ambulance to arrive, he said. Husted was lying in about six inches of water when police and firemen arrived. Fillinger said rescuers were afraid to move Husted because they didn't know the extent of his injuries. Gasoline soaked the area but there was no fire. Police officers in the area of the crash said they received radio notification of the crash around 1:50 p.m."

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PublishDate: 07-03-1973 Oklahoman

Physical Description:

1 photograph : b&w

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Keyword(s): accidents | airplanes | newspaper photographs
Source: The Oklahoman: July 3, 1973
Added Title: City Pilot Survives Crash Of Plane Into
Partner:
Oklahoma Historical Society
Collection:
Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection
Identifier:
  • LOCAL-CONT-NO: 2012.201.B0051.0161
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc190796
Resource Type: Photograph
Format: Image