Plane crash

A firefighter collects fuel leaking from an aircraft after it crashed at the Eureka Municipal Airport Friday afternoon.

A small, two-seater, fixed wing, single-engine airplane ended up mangled into a ball when two men were attempting to land at the Eureka Municipal Airport just before noon Friday.

Neither of the men were seriously injured.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, George Douglas, Jr, 69, of Orlando, Florida, and his passenger, Lawrence Stapleton, 55, of Gautier, Mississippi, were attempting to land the 2009 VANS RV6 aircraft when they decided to abort the landing and come around for another attempt. The airplane veered to the left, so Douglas applied the throttle, causing the aircraft to continue pulling farther to the left in an uncontrolled manner.

Just before they hit the ground, the plane maneuvered a vertical pass between a large silo-shaped storage tank and a motorhome, squeezing through with mere feet for clearance. Seconds later, they circled tight and hit the ground, tumbling end-over-end before coming to a stop on the plane's top in the yard of a home near the runway. The two men escaped without serious injuries.

KHP, Greenwood County Sheriff's Officers, Greenwood County Emergency Management, Greenwood County Fire-Central Division and Eureka Lake and Eureka Rescue responded to the accident.

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