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.
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— Emerald McIntyre (@EmiMcIntyre) June 3, 2014
Investigators hope to learn more about the crash after they speak with the pilot.
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