A two-seater American Super Decathlon aircraft crashed in a cornfield in Leflore County about 4 miles west of Greenwood, Mississippi, at around 7 p.m. on August 16.
Two Leflore County men, 71 year-old Grady Perkins of Greenwood, and 44 year-old Matt Weldon of Sidon, survived with injuries. They were airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
According to Perkins’ wife, he was a licensed pilot and was giving flying lessons to Weldon. They were practicing emergency landings when the single-engine plane lost power and went down.
Weldon, who suffered severe but non life-threatening injuries, managed to call 911. Ambulances and Leflore County sheriff’s deputies located the airplane in time to save them.
The plane is registered to Steve Jennings according to FAA records.
The FAA is investigating the crash.