McDonalds Plane Crash Leaves Pilot Injured

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - June 4, 2014

A 41-year-old man was injured on Tuesday when his plane crashed near a McDonalds restaurant in Louisiana. The pilot, Michael Ray Martin, had reported a problem with the plane’s fuel shortly before it crashed.

The crash occurred at 10:40 a.m. and the plane landed in the 8000 block of Desiard Street in Monroe.

Although the McDonalds restaurant where the plane crashed is usually busy, nobody else was injured in the plane crash. Martin was alone in the plane.

Martin was airlifted to Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport with “serious injuries” and is currently recovering from injuries that include a broken leg.

The plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza and was registered to WFO Flying Service in Carmi, Illinois. The NTSB has been notified and will investigate the exact cause of the crash.

The police have not had a chance to question Martin and are not sure where he came from or where he was going. The Monroe Regional Airport is less than two miles from the crash site. The police have been calling nearby airports in hopes of finding where the plane took off.

Officials say that the plane is not a risk to the public, even though fuel was seen leaking from the plane. Crews poured sand at the scene to help prevent the plane and leaking fuel from catching fire.

The crews will remain at the scene until Wednesday morning, when they will try to remove the plane from the crash site and clean up the scene.

Residents of Monroe are shocked but amazed by the plane crash and have been arriving to the crash site in droves and taking photos of the plane.

Investigators hope to learn more about the crash after they speak with the pilot.

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Ellisha Rader Mannering

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Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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  • hf

    scary yo…

  • MOM

    I sure hope the fuel is looked into and I suspect watered down fuel like at my local pumping station.

  • Jesse Ingalls

    He was probably testing out the new “fly through menu”. Another seemingly good idea, up in flames.

  • Jimbo

    It wasn’t a McDonald’s plane – it was a private plane that crashed in a parking lot of a McDonalds – Huge Difference story is not the same if man crashes plane into parking lot no one injured but pilot- the media in this country sucks

    • GJ

      agreed

  • Calawdog

    Why show a picture of an American Airlines 757 crashed on a beach for an article on a light airplane, with only 1person aboard? Sensationalize much?

  • BigDaddy

    Why does the idiot media say its a McDonalds airplane? And show a picture of a airliner for cover story. Media is so f.. up, always WRONG, always sensationalizing.

  • Chris Lafleur

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N653T Pretty easy to find out where it came from and was going.

    • Doug

      A flight from November 2013 tells you where it was going yesterday?

  • GrenadeCatcher

    Funny how the picture for this article shows an airliner, not a privately owned plane.

  • Chad

    Hurry breakfast stops serving at 10:30. I hope they cut him some slack and still gave him his bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. He was only 10 minutes late

  • Melvin Barnett

    I know that airliner crash scene! I worked on the airport @that time;it’s in Jamaica, it has nothing to do with this story, bogus and misleading, dishonest journalism!

  • Biglittlejoe

    I wonder is he is still “loving it”.

  • Larbear49

    The headline sure is confusing and makes no sense.

  • jo, momma

    so he missed the breakfast menu , by 10 min…:(

  • Temptation

    Maybe he thought he just going to fly through and order, but I guest he doesn’t know how to land the plane.

  • AirDragon

    What a HeartMcTack !

  • Jenekeh

    I once thought that it’s only in Africa we read headlines that are different from the story and the picture but this story got me completely wrong “a McDonalds plane” Wrong picture.