Father calls son hero after their plane crashes in Hopkinsville
May 23, 2014 10:39 PM
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. -
A father is calling his son a hero after their small plane crashed in Hopkinsville, Kentucky Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened around 1:50 p.m. on Pennyrile Parkway after the plane, a 1943 Piper aircraft, took off from the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport nearby.
Mike Creed, 58, was taking a yearly birthday flight with his 20-year-old son Benjamin when they started having trouble during takeoff.
As they reached 50 feet into the air, the engine began to lose its strength and the plane would not climb.
Creed did not have enough time to turn around so he headed for a break in a tree line and power lines.
“It takes a really special kind of pilot to thread the plane through the light poles. He slowed it up as much as possible and was controlling it as best he could. The airplane simply didn't want to fly," Ben said.
Creed then attempted to make an emergency landing on the parkway, but tree branches got caught in the landing gear, tossing the plane into the guardrail.
Creed was knocked unconscious with a head wound and gasoline pouring on his legs. His son Ben then climbed out of a window and came to his father’s rescue.
“He told me, he said, 'Dad, I am glad you had the skill from all those years because we might not have been here if you hadn't handled that airplane the way you did.’ And I said, 'Buddy, from what I hear, I wouldn't have been here if it hadn't been for you,'” said Creed.
Creed was later airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with a cut on his head and a dislocated wrist.
He said he and his son are already planning their next flight together.