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Man Crashes Experimental Plane

Associated Press - August 30, 2013 7:00 am

James Zerkel was flying a Challenger Experimental Light Sport aircraft from Herington to Joplin when the plane went down in a creek.

An 82-year-old man suffered minor injuries when his experimental aircraft crashed near Emporia.

The Kansas Highway Patrol says James Zerkel, who lives near Joplin, Mo., was flying a Challenger Experimental Light Sport aircraft from Herington to Joplin when the plane went down Wednesday afternoon in a creek.

Trooper Chris Markham says the accident is being investigated but it appears to have been caused by mechanical failure.

Zerkel was able to walk to a nearby highway and sought medical treatment on his own.

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Associated Press information from: The Emporia Gazette