Two Mesa men were injured Monday afternoon when their single-engine airplane crashed shortly after takeoff from Falcon Field Municipal Airport.
Scott Crosby, 50, a Phoenix Fire Department captain, and his son, Connor Crosby, 31, were flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital in serious condition, said Mesa fire Capt. Ivard Brimley.
The men had severe back and facial injuries.
It was unknown who was piloting the four-seat Piper Cherokee, but the men were on their way to the Chandler Air Park to pick up airplane parts, Brimley
Apparently, an engine cover came loose and blocked the pilot’s view. He radioed the tower to request a runway.
"There was an emergency, and he was coming in," Brimley said. The plane stalled on its way back in and crash-landed about 4:20 p.m., he said.
Firefighters had to cut Scott Crosby out of the crumpled plane. Connor Crosby was able to get out with little help, Brimley said.
Federal Aviation Administration officials were called to the airport at Greenfield and McKellips roads to investigate.