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Small plane crashes in McPherson County after taking off from paved road

This plane crashed in McPherson County east of Roxbury on Tuesday. The single occupant was taken to a Salina hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
This plane crashed in McPherson County east of Roxbury on Tuesday. The single occupant was taken to a Salina hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Kansas Highway Patrol

Blame it on a speed limit sign.

A man escaped serious injury Tuesday when his small plane crashed shortly after taking off from a paved McPherson County road he had used as a landing strip, authorities said.

The man had touched down his single-engine plane outside of the town of Roxbury because he had business to conduct there, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Ben Gardner said.

According to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board, Gardner said, there are parameters that permit planes to land on some roads in Kansas.

"That is certainly unique," Gardner said.

When the man took off again to return home, the left wing of his Maule M5 clipped a speed limit sign.

"After he got airborne, he realized the extent of the damage" and knew he couldn't continue his flight, Gardner said.

"There was really nowhere to go," so he set the plane down in a field about a half-mile east of Roxbury.

The pilot was hurt in the crash, Gardner said, but his injuries are not life-threatening. He was taken to a Salina hospital.

FAA records indicate the plane involved in the crash Tuesday is registered to a Randal Shannon of Drexel, Mo. Shannon was involved in another plane crash in McPherson County a year ago.

More details will be released by the Highway Patrol later.

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