Missing Plane Found; Pilot Taken To Hospital

(Covington, TN) The wreckage of a missing plane from Ohio was found in the Hatchie River bottoms.

This is on the Lauderdale and Tipton County line near Highway 87 and Henry Moore Road.

The pilot, 62-year-old Kent Wingate of Xenia, Ohio, was taken to Regional Medical Center in Memphis in critical condition.

Wingate was flying in to attend a funeral when he radioed Covington Airport with a distress call – he was out of fuel.

Air controllers lost contact with the Piper Archer single-engine plane around 11 a.m.

After nearly two hours, parts of the plan were found in a heavily wooded area on the Hatchie River.

Rescue personnel had to flag down a passing boat for transport to the location, where they found Wingate pinned in the wreckage.

He was stabilized at the scene before being flown to the hospital.

FlightAware shows the plane left Dayton, Ohio, at 8:05 a.m. eastern time and was scheduled to land in Covington at 11:05 a.m. Memphis time.

The plane was supposed to land at Covington Municipal Airport.