Heartland Man Survives Plane Crash
By: Arnold Wyrick
It was supposed to be a routine flight to work on Monday morning 47-year-old Anthony Watts of Carterville, Illinois, but something went terribly wrong as he approached the landing strip near Festus, Missouri. Watts crashed a couple miles from the landing field.
Watts left from the Williamson County Regional Airport around 5:30 Monday morning. Rescue crews discovered the plane wreckage and Watts shortly before 8:00 a.m. underneath a thick canopy of trees.
Watts was immediately air-lifted to a Saint Louis area hospital. His son says he has a blood clot on his brain.
His plane, a 1974 four-seater, single-engine Piper "Warrior" had just recently been purchased in May 2007 and registered at the Williamson County Regional Airport. Watts was issued a license to fly single engine aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration back in July 2005.
No one else was on board with Watts when he crashed.