WEST PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) - The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report into a plane crash that killed a Paducah doctor.
According to the report, around 7:26 p.m. on October 31, the plane was destroyed during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power while approaching the Barkley Regional Airport in Paducah.
The pilot and owner of the plane, Dr. Clint Hill, died in the crash.
Preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration showed Hill was returning to Paducah from South Dakota after a hunting trip.
The NTSB reported that Hill checked in on the tower frequency to tell the local controller he was “lined up” for a straight-in landing and the controller approved. About 1.5 minutes later, the pilot told the controller, “I’ve lost power.” The controller asked him if he thought the airplane would reach the runway, and he responded, “Yes.” Soon after, the pilot said, “I’m not going to make it, I’m in the trees.” There was no further communication after it.
Visitation for Dr. Clint Hill was from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4 at Heartland Church, 4777 Alben Barkley Drive, in Paducah. The funeral service followed at 7 p.m.
According to the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office, Hill, 49, of Paducah, was killed in the crash Thursday evening, Oct. 31.
He was the only person on board the aircraft.
The sheriff’s office learned of the the single-engine plane crash after they were contacted by Barkley Regional Airport at approximately 7:26 p.m.
The airport stated that a possible plane had crashed, somewhere near Midwest Aviation.
Shortly after the airport’s call, McCracken County dispatchers received a 911 call stating there was a fire behind their home in a wooded area near the 9900 block of Woodville Rd.
Emergency crews arrived quickly to the scene, put out the fire and learned the pilot did not survive the crash.
Eddie Grant with Barkley Regional Airport said the plane crash happened as it was making its final approach to the airport.
The Orthopaedic Institute Southern Illinois Western Kentucky said Dr. Hill was flying in from South Dakota when the engine of his plane failed.
According to airport staff, the plane was a PA 32R Piper Saratoga, a type of single-engine plane.
It was a general aviation aircraft, not commercial.
Online records from the Kentucky Secretary of State show the plane was owned by Cloud Hugger Transportation, LLC and registered under Clint Patrick Hill.
Investigators from the NTSB and FAA were at the crash site.
They will be assisting local officials with the investigation.
Greg Thompson, CEO of Orthopaedic Institute Southern Illinois Western Kentucky, said Dr. Hill was a nationally recognized spine surgeon and a key member of their family.
Hill was one of the founding fathers of the western Kentucky division of the Orthopaedic Institute.
Thompson said Hill had patients from all over the U.S. and he taught other surgeons on state of the art equipment and techniques.
“We are deeply saddened of the loss of a good man, father, husband, family member, surgeon,” said Thompson. “My memories of Dr. Hill are not sad, he was a wonderful man.”