Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White said around 7:21 p.m. the office got a 911 call reporting an airplane crash.
“The caller said that a small plane had struck power lines while attempting to land at Rankin Airport which is located just east of Maryville. Witnesses on the ground said that they after the aircraft struck the power lines it spun completely around and tumbled end over end before coming to rest upright in a corn field,” White said. “When emergency personnel arrived, the pilot and his passenger had exited the aircraft on their own. They were taken to awaiting ambulances and then transported to St Francis Hospital in Maryville. Both persons suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.”
White said the investigation has been temporarily delayed until the power lines are repaired.
The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Maryville Department of Public Safety Police and Fire Divisions, Nodaway County Ambulance, MoDOT, United Electric Cooperative and The Federal Aviation Administration.