Lota suggested that while their friend was somewhat green on operating the aircraft close to the ground, he was always careful.
“I know he had a helmet on. He was very safety conscious, I mean really safety conscious,” she said.
After Taylor took photos of the damaged aircraft and debris for the Federal Aviation Administration, Palestine Municipal Airport employees removed the aircraft from the airfield. The FAA will make contact with the pilot at the hospital today for their investigation.
First responders to the scene included Palestine Regional Medical Center EMS, the Trinity Mother Frances Flight for Life helicopter, Palestine fire and police departments, Westside Volunteer Fire Department and Constable Precinct 2 Doug Lightfoot.
Community Editor Cheril Vernon contributed to this report.