Pilot Extricated From Inverted Plane


A Hillsboro man was taken from the scene by helicopter after he was extricated from an inverted plane on a private airstrip north of Butler.

The pilot, David Justison, 64 of Hillsboro, remains in fair condition in the intensive care unit at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

According to Montgomery County Sheriff Rick Robbins, he called 911 himself from the cockpit of the upside down plane at 7:35 p.m. Sunday, July 26.  

The pilot was landing a Maule airplane, known for its short takeoff and landing capability.  Family members believe the height of the soybeans and a deer may have contributed to the accident.

In addition to Arch Helicopter who airlifted the victim to the hospital, Hillsboro Area Ambulance Service, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Hillsboro Fire Department all responded to the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which responds to all aircraft crashes, is investigating the incident.


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