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Local pilot William Gancar was practicing touch-and-go landings at the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport Monday when his small single engine plane reportedly suffered engine failure. The pilot, William Gancar, reportedly suffered broken bones and bruises and was transported to UK hospital for treatment. Photo by Mike Hanson/Sycamore Photography.
Small plane crashes near former rest area on I-64
Advocate staff report
A local pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries after his small single engine plane crashed near the 108 mile marker on Interstate 64 around 5 p.m. Monday, Montgomery County Sheriff David Charles said.

William Gancar of Mt. Sterling was practicing touch-and-go landings at the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport when his plane, a Glasair 1 RG, reportedly suffered engine failure, Charles said.

He was unable to return the plane back to the airport and reportedly made a “belly landing,” striking several trees while coming down, at the former rest area site, the sheriff told the Advocate. The plane suffered extensive damage, Charles added.

When emergency responders arrived to the scene, Montgomery County Fire-EMS transported Gancar to UK hospital for treatment of broken bones and bruises, Charles said.

Interstate traffic was not affected by the crash.

Gancar is an experienced pilot, Charles said, and was practicing the touch-and-go landings to maintain his certification.

Charles said the pilot handled the situation well, avoiding injury to third parties and bringing the plane down in an uninhabited area.

Dr. Kelly Johnson, a dentist at Sterling Family Dental Care, said he drove by the area just after the plane crashed and told a friend he was talking on the phone about it. He told Johnson he could hear emergency vehicle sirens heading in that direction.

Johnson said the plane looked like it had a “violent impact.” He also commended the pilot for how he handled the situation and was able to land the plane away from the interstate.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.

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