Louisville News: Seneca Gardens Plane Crash, More

Plane Crash

Sunday’s usually a good day for waking up late, having a too-rich breakfast, reading the New York Times, watching baseball, and generally being lazy. So of course it comes as a surprise that some actual news occurred in Louisville yesterday when a small single-engine plane crashed in the Seneca Gardens neighborhood, just off Taylorsville Road (from the Courier-Journal):

Mike Oost has come to think of the sound of planes headed to and from nearby Bowman Field as normal neighborhood noise on Valletta Road.

But yesterday afternoon, as a Colorado pilot made his approach, Oost said something didn’t sound right.

Moments later, Oost and other neighbors were struggling to use garden hoses to extinguish a blaze when a single-engine plane crash-landed and caught fire after skidding into the yard of a home at 2604 Valletta Road, north of Taylorsville Road.

The pilot, a man in his late 60s whose name was not released, was conscious when he was removed from the plane and taken to University Hospital.

The pilot was later identified as Richard Shenk of Colorado, and it sounds that he sustained some pretty gnarly injuries:

A Federal Aviation Administration official said the pilot’s injuries were serious, and Maj. Richard Albers of Louisville Fire & Rescue said the man was in stable condition last night.

Oost said the pilot “was laying crossways on the seat and his shirt had burned off. Skin was peeling off his head and one of his arms. His ears also appeared to be burned. And he was shaking violently.”

He said, “I was afraid to spray any cold water on him, because it might’ve sent him into shock. You could just smell the chemicals” from the plane’s fuel.

OUCH! Let’s hope he recovers quickly.

Also, the C-J is reporting this morning that a body was pulled from the Ohio River, near the Algonquin Parkway:

A body was pulled from the Ohio River early today near the 4500 block of Algonquin Parkway but Louisville Metro Police would not say if it was connected to the case of a 93-year-old woman reported missing yesterday.

The body was found about 12:15 a.m., a MetroSafe Communications supervisor said, adding that police were not releasing any other information at this time.

The last time anyone spoke to Emma Collins, who lives near Vermont and 41st streets, was Saturday night, Alicia Smiley, a police spokeswoman, said yesterday.

Collins had been driving a Chrysler LeBaron. The car was found tonight, but Collins is still missing, Smiley said. She would not say where the car was discovered.

Mention of the missing woman can’t help but make me think that the two events are related, even if the article says otherwise.

UPDATE 12:45 PM: The Courier is now reporting that the body found in the Ohio this morning was indeed Emma Collins. Our condolences to her family and friends.

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