News Plane Crashes — 26 October 2013

(WMC-TV) – A prominent Memphis attorney and his wife miraculously survived a crash landing in Texas Friday.

The Texas Highway Patrol says the couple was headed to Sante Fe, New Mexico in a plane that crash landed in a park after experiencing mechanical problems.

Not much is left of Memphis attorney Max Shelton’s 1976 Cessna. Amazingly, he and his wife Sally survived a crash landing with only minor injuries.

Rob Preston is the couple’s longtime neighbor.

“I did know he was a pilot and didn’t know they were on a trip,” he said.

Shelton has practiced law in Memphis for decades and made news a few years ago when he was appointed state receiver in the Forest Hill cemetery embezzlement case.

According to the Texas Highway Patrol, he and his wife left Memphis en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico around 7 a.m. Friday. They stopped for fuel in Weatherford, Oklahoma, but then experienced mechanical problems near Borger, which is in the Texas panhandle.

Officials say Shelton made contact with the airport, lost power, then crash landed in a park after striking a number of utility poles.

“I talked to their son a little while ago. He didn’t give me much information but very relieved they’re okay,” said Preston. The Shelton’s were transported to a local hospital from where they were able to phone family and friends in Memphis.

There is no information about when the Shelton’s may return home. The FAA is investigating the crash landing.

Other news: 2 hurt in small plane crashes in Borger
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) – Two people have been hurt when their small plane experienced engine trouble and crash-landed in a park in the Texas Panhandle.

The 1976 Cessna struck utility poles on its descent Friday morning, knocking out power to some parts of Borger.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says owner and operator Joe Max Shelton, 74, and passenger Sally Shelton, 71, suffered minor injuries and were taken to a Borger hospital. The Sheltons are from Memphis, Tenn., and were traveling to Santa Fe, N.M.

They attempted to land at Borger airport but the plane lost power, forcing it down in the park adjacent to a community center.

DPS says the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

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  1. Paul Blankenship · Top Commenter · School of Hard Knocks
    Mr. Shelton must have been a pretty good pilot to put his plane down in that little park without killing himself or anyone in that neighborhood.

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