July 25, 2007 Edition

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Pilot OK after plane crash

An Air Evac helicopter lifts off from the landing strip at Wilson Flying Service Monday afternoon carrying pilot Anthony Alls of Black Rock after the plane he was flying crashed in a field following takeoff.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt
A Black Rock man escaped serious injury when the airplane he was flying crashed Monday afternoon at Wilson Flying Service, off Highway 34 near O'Kean and the Lawrence and Greene County line.

Anthony Alls, 29, was taking off from the flying service's airstrip when the plane went down. He apparently realized there was a problem, as he was in the process of dumping his load, 2,650 pounds of fertilizer, when he went down.

When emergency officials reached Alls, he had exited the 1978 Ag Cat on his own and was lying in the rice field where the plane went down.

Captain Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department said the cause of the crash is still undetermined. The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene on Tuesday.

Those responding to the crash on Monday included Arkansas Excellent Transport, Medic One, the Walnut Ridge Fire Department, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the O'Kean Fire Department and Air Evac. Dotson said local farmers also assisted at the scene, as well as employees of the flying service.

Alls was approximately 150 to 200 yards out from the runway and had to be carried back to a field road. From the road, he was then driven by ambulance to an Air Evac helicopter that had landed on the airstrip.

Dotson said somewhere between 10 and 15 individuals helped carry Alls through the muddy field, including firefighters, ambulance personnel, LCSD personnel and local farmers.

Alls was conscious following the accident, but was taken by Air Evac to The Med in Memphis as a precautionary measure. He was released Monday night and was back home by approximately 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

He has no broken bones and appears to have only bruises and soreness as a result of the accident.

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