Two injured in plane crash near Cherokee County Airport identified

Two injured in plane crash near Cherokee County Airport identified
Authorities are working the scene of a plane crash at the Cherokee County Airport (Source: KLTV Staff)
Authorities are working the scene of a plane crash at the Cherokee County Airport (Source: KLTV Staff)

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Two East Texas men are recovering after their plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Cherokee County Airport.

The fixed wing single engine plane went down around 12:30 p.m. in a wooded area northwest of the airport runway near CR 1614 and CR 1621. Officers say that Robert Gatewood and Jake Wise were airlifted to ETMC Tyler for their injuries, one of which is in serious condition.

A friend who was watching the men fly this afternoon says they just recently bought the lightweight plane.

"When I saw the plane go down, his son and I hopped in his truck and drove to the north end of the airport. We had to climb the fence because we couldn't get out. We knew the plane had gone down in the woods on the north end here. We both climbed the fence and started searching," Joe Parrish said.

It is not clear what caused the crash. Witnesses say the men were practicing touch-and-go landings when the crash happened.

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