By Russell Huffman
A light-engine plane crash has left at least one person with severe injuries after the aircraft went down and flipped over onto its top shortly after 9 a.m. this morning along U.S. 67 about two miles south of Stephenville.
Reports indicate the pilot of the plane (area team roper York Gill) has been taken by air ambulance to a DFW area hospital. A second person (Gills’ girlfriend Christy Stransky) extracted from the plane by Erath County Fire and Rescue was taken to the Harris Methodist Hospital in Stephenville. A witness at the scene said it did not appear the woman was severely injured.
The plane appeared to be on approach for a landing at the Stephenville Municipal Airport but did not reach the runway area as it crashed just a few feet short of U.S. 67. Traffic was slowed but not shut down at the location. Motorists are advised to be careful in the area as it will take a good deal of time for investigators to complete their tasks.
The plane is a 2001 PIPER PA-32R-301T which is reported to have been purchased by Gill in January of this year.