A plane crashes on CrossWinds golf course in Bowling Green

Published: Aug. 12, 2017 at 8:47 PM CDT
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A historic biplane crashed at the fourth hole fairway just after 11 Saturday morning. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and likely won't be known until Monday.

All was well for a round of golf until golfers noticed a plane heading in the wrong direction.

"It got up, oh I can't guess, about 100 feet maybe, and it kind of leveled off and started coming down heading towards the golf course," says witness Bob Breeding.

Brian Duvall witnessed the entirety of the crash and was there for the rescue.

"We saw him coming down and he was yelling. As soon as he started yelling, he hit the trees, and he just flipped and we immediately stopped, and we ran to him," says Duvall, "and he said get me out, it's got gas, gas is flowing."

He was concerned about the gas for a reason.

"He was worried it was gonna blow," explains Duvall.

Duvall's instincts and adrenaline kicked in once he got up directly to the scene.

"And I pulled him out and took him thirty feet away, put him down, held his head up, put pressure to his head," says Duvall.

His head which suffered a deep gash, according to witnesses.

"I wanted to save the guy, and I thought it was worse than it would end up being," says Duvall.

The pilot of the plane was 75 year-old retired navy captain, Terry Richardson, who was transported to The Medical Center at Bowling Green.

"He's a good friend to all of us, he's a great pilot," says Larry Bailey, volunteer at Aviation Heritage Park. "He flies out here all the time, and has flown the Jenny quite a bit."

The veteran pilot appeared to be in stable condition.

"He was mobile and walked to the ambulance and was transported very quickly," says manager of the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport, Rob Barnett.

Built in 1917, the plane is owned by former Mayor Elaine Walker and her husband Dorian Walker.

The plane is used by Friends of Jenny, a non-profit formed to remind us of the importance of the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny biplane.

"You don't fly the Jenny, she flew you... at least until today," says Friends of Jenny volunteer, Chuck Coppinger.

The airport manager tells us that the plane will be transported to a secure location.

"From there it'll be a sterile environment and we will make sure no one is in or near that area where the airplane is, so that the FAA can begin investigation Monday morning early," explains Barnett.

"We're just thankful to God that Terry was able to survive it and no one else was injured," says Coppinger.

The Jenny was built and restored by dozens of volunteers. We were told by Coppinger that the aircraft was also supposed to travel to Air Force bases around the country to celebrate the anniversary of the end of World War I.