FAA and NTSB Investigating Robertson County Crash Landing

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says the pilot radioed about a mechanical failure before going down.

Shoemaker was reportedly not injured in the crash.

ROBERTSON COUNTY - The FAA and NTSB are investigating a crash-landing in Robertson County.

They were back at the crash site today where a twin-engine plane went down around 10 Sunday morning north of Calvert.

A quiet stretch of the country...

"Man I tell you what, I was scared."

...became an emergency landing strip.

The Department of Public Safety says James Shoemaker, of New Baden, took off from Hilltop Lakes bound for Hearne

"He was trying to land it in that hay meadow over there."

Shoemaker ended up crash landing in a field north of Calvert.

"It looked like it was coming right at me."

Herman Greensage was working in the field and saw the whole thing.

"All of a sudden, it was about 25 feet off the ground, and it hit the ground."

"It sounded real loud when it hit the ground."

"The barbed wire fence kind of slowed him down."

"The fella got out of the airplane. Man I was happy. I sure was happy."

"When he hit the ground, he broke his landing gear, one of them off."

"He wasn't hurt or nothing, you know, walking around, going."

"That's the first time in my life I ever seen a airplane go down."

And hopefully the last.


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