BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) — 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….