64 year old Allen Richard Crawford (right) in a picture taken just before his fateful flight from Jasper.
Small Plane Crashes, Pilot in Critical Condition, LEGGETT, October 18, 2014 - At around 5:45 pm on October 18, 2014, a small plane crashed in the 5966 block of FM-942 West, on private property. According to a witness, the plane was on fire, circled the R&R Ranch and made a crash landing sliding onto some open terrain. The witness stated that the pilot, Alan Richard Crawford, 64, of Buchanan Dam, Texas crawled from the plane on fire and rolled on the ground to extinguish the flames. He then rose to his feet and began to yell for help. Americare Ambulance Service was despatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Game Warden David Johnson, and Trooper Barett Duren with the Texas Highway Patrol. Crawford was treated at the scene and a PHi Air Medical helicopter landed at R&R Ranch near the crash scene. Crawford was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston in extremely critical condition. Trooper Barett Duren conducted a preliminary investigation. The Federal Aviation Administration will take over the investigation as representatives are expected early in the morning (10/19). At time of press it is not know what caused his plane to catch fire while in flight.
Crawford's plane burns at a ranch in Leggett off FM-942 West.
Another picture just before Crawford flew out from Jasper. He was enroute to Lake Buchanan Municipal airport.
Firemen from Livingston put out the flames.
A PHi Air Medical Helicopter was landed at the R&R Ranch off FM-942 (Deputy Terri Mayer at right).
Crawford was transferred to care of PHi Air Medical.
Crawford was flown to Hermann Hospital in Houston in extremely critical condition.
Trooper Barett Duren conducted a preliminary investigation.
Dark areas on the ground show the path of Crawford's pane when he slid it in to the R&R Ranch while the plane was on fire.
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