Snowmass pilot crashes into a front yard in Louisville |

Snowmass pilot crashes into a front yard in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ” A Snowmass Village man was in critical condition Monday after the small plane he was piloting crashed in the front yard of a house in Louisville, Ky. on Sunday.

The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reports that Richard Shenk, the sole occupant of the plane, is in the burn unit at University Hospital.

The plane went down Sunday a few hundred yards away from Bowman Field. No one on the ground was hurt.

Officials say the single-engine Cessna landed in the front yard of a house, skidded across the street and hit some trees in an adjacent yard. Fire officials say they removed the pilot and extinguished a small fire on the plane.

Mike Oost, among the neighbors who responded to the crash site and tried to use garden hoses to extinguish the blaze, told the Courier-Journal that the pilot “was laying crossways on the seat and his shirt had burned off. Skin was peeling off his head and one of his arms. His ears also appeared to be burned. And he was shaking violently.”

The Cessna 210 Centurion was approaching the airfield to land when it made a sudden 360-degree turn, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said, according to the Courier-Journal.

Shenk had taken off from Rifle, Colo. on Sunday morning for the flight of nearly 1,200 miles, she said, but it was unclear if he made any stops.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is owned by Shenk Aviation LLC in Basalt. Shenk has a home in Snowmass Village.

FAA officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

The Aspen Times contributed to this report.

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