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Plane crash injures pilot

Thursday, June 14, 2012

[Times Photo by Murray Bishoff]
An 86-year-old Mt. Vernon man crashed while trying to land a small plane on a private grass airstrip on Tuesday.

The pilot, David Biellier, miscalculated and the plane hit some trees and a fence.

Biellier's grandson, Blake Biellier, commented on the crash. "The grass was too wet and he came in too fast,"

Blake Biellier said. David Biellier was airlifted to Cox Hospital South in Springfield with moderate to serious injuries, including internal injuries, two broken hips and a concussion.

The crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. west of Mt. Vernon along County Road 1117, southwest of the intersection of Missouri 39 at Highway 174.

David Biellier was moving the plane from a hangar at the Mt. Vernon Airport to his own property, approximately two miles away.

The plane, a 1973 Piper PA 38-112, also known as a Tomahawk, was totaled, according to Blake Biellier.

David Biellier is a farmer and a World War Ii Navy veteran.

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