DPS: Man who crashed plane in Hill County is unharmed

Posted at 1:19 PM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 20:49:16-04

DPS responded to a plane crash near in Hill County near Itasca when a pilot coming from Colorado crashed but was unharmed, on Friday.

DPS said 57-year-old Steve Thompson from Colorado was flying a 2004 experimental plane from Colorado to Houston when he realized he was about to run out of gas and attempted to land the plane at the Hillsboro airport. He realized he would not make it, and tried to find crops to safely land in. As he was searching, he hit power lines and the plane flipped and landed upside down. 

"Very lucky. You had to ask for that one. Thank you God. He took care of me and my family, they need me. Any landing is a good landing a great landing,"Thompson said.

Thompson was able to call 911 but he was not sure where he was. The fire department was able to locate him. They took off the door of the plane to get him out safely. 

The crash happened a few miles North of FM 67.

Thompson was unharmed and refused to be taken to the hospital. He said his mother was coming to meet him at Hillsboro on Friday night. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Vans RV-7. 

The plane is registered to CSM Aviation LLC. 

Captain Scott Robinson with the Hill County Sheriff's office said Oncor is on the scene to repair the power line. The plane was transported to the Hillsboro Airport. 

The FAA and DPS said they will conduct an investigation that will take several weeks to months to complete. 

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