Father-son pilots identified after plane crash south of Festus - KMOV.com

Father-son pilots identified after plane crash south of Festus

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(KMOV.com) -- A father-son piloting duo aboard a small plane are OK after the aircraft crashed in rural Jefferson County on Monday.

The small plane took off from Festus Airport at 6:30 p.m. and went down in a farm field off Plattin Road about two-and-a-half hours later.

Authorities say the pilot, 65-year-old James Smith of Festus, and his 40-year-old son, Christopher Smith of Festus, were both conscious and talking to authorities, describing a malfunction with the plane.

Jefferson County Sheriff Captain Ron Arnhart said James Smith called his wife to report plane trouble.  Shortly after it went down James Smith spoke with authorities to help them locate the plane.

The two victims were expected to be fine.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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