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UPDATE: Pilot issued mayday call just before crash

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned the pilot of the plane issued a mayday before crashing into a Monroe McDonald's parking lot Tuesday morning. Greg Brown's father owns the plane. Brown has told sheriff deputies the plane's engine had recently been rebuilt in Arkansas and reinstalled in Monroe. He tells deputies that pilot Ray Martin was testing the plane out of the Monroe airport when he experienced engine failure.

Monroe Regional Airport spokesperson Ron Phillips originally told KNOE 8 News the flight had originated in Carmi, Illinois around 8:00 AM. However, he has since learned the flight originated out of Monroe.


MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office has released a press statement.  It reads as follows:

OPSO is on scene of a small airplane crash in the 8000 block of Desiard St. Initial information obtained is that a v-tail single engine bonanza aircraft with one person on board crash landed into a parking lot at that location. The pilot (the lone occupant) was removed and airlifted for medical treatment. NTSB has been notified and will investigate the case of the crash.

Hwy 80 from its intersection with hwy 139 to Sandal St. will be closed during this investigation. Updates will follow as information becomes available and as roads re-open.

The pilot has been airlifted to LSU Shreveport to be treated for his injuries.  There's no update on his condition.


MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A plane has crashed at McDonald's on Desiard Street in Monroe.

Our crew at the scene says the pilot is out of the plane but the maroon and white plane crash is turned upside down.  Ouachita Parish Fire Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office is working the scene.  Monroe Police is helping with traffic.

Len Wells from WFIW Radio says that the plane was based out of Carmi, Illinois.  Carmi is a small town in White County, which is about 120 miles due east of St. Louis, Missouri. However, the plane had been in Monroe recently for repairs.

The pilot of the plane is Ray Martin.  He's a Monroe-based pilot who works for Brown's Feed and Chemical.  That company is based out of Carmi.

Witnesses at the scene say the plane clipped trees before the crash.  The pilot was airlifted away for treatment. 

There does not seem to be any fire hazard at this time.  Fire crews are awaiting the FAA and NTSB to arrive for an investigation.
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