News Plane Crashes — 26 July 2017

BRECKENRIDGE, Texas – The pilot of a restored Korean War-era plane that crashed Monday at Stephens County Airport is still in critical condition after being flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, a family member confirms.

The FAA identified the pilot as Nelson Ezell.

The passenger in the two-seat plane, Dustin Mayfield, escaped unscathed, the FAA said, but was taken by helicopter to the same hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

The accident, which occurred about 9:15 a.m., involved a single-engine Hawker FB60 Sea Fury.

The two-seat plane, according to the FAA, lost engine power, landed short of the runway and its fuselage broke apart on impact.

The plane crash landed on the north side of Stephens County Airport, just off of FM 2231.

It was doing what authorities said was “touch-and-go pattern work” before the accident.

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