Wetumpka man involved in plane crash

Published 10:12am Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Three men from the River Region, including a Wetumpka man were injured in a plane crash in Oklahoma Sunday afternoon when they were returning home from a turkey hunting trip.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol said 54-year-olds Paul Woolard and Randy Watson of Montgomery and 25-year-old Ryan Bozeman were in the plane at the time of the crash just before 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Beechcraft BE-36 was en route to Claremore, Oklahoma, Regional Airport when the pilot reported engine trouble.

Troopers reported the aircraft suffered engine failure and Woolard attempted an emergency landing, but struck several trees about 7 miles south of the Kansas state line.

All were transported to Coffeyville, Kansas, Regional Hospital, but Woolard and Watson were later flown to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition, according to published reports.

Bozeman remained at Coffeyville Regional and was listed in stable condition as of Sunday night.

A tracker shows the plane flew out of Washington County Memorial Airport, in Washington, Kansas, just after noon Sunday.

It was supposed to land in Shawnee, but was rerouted to Claremore.

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