A Callaway man is recovering after his experimental plane crashed into a retention pond at the Sandy Creek Airport this morning.
According to the Callaway Fire Department, Jeff Meinel had just taken off when his engine sputtered. He tried to turn around and make it back to the runway, but crash landed in the retention pond.
A bystander was able to pull Meinel from the aircraft and take him to the hospital. His injuries, according to officials, are minor.
"With the impact that he did with the nose into the mud, and you can see it pushed into the retention pond there where the mud is pushed up, and the windshield is cracked, it could have been a lot worse," said Bill Costello of the Callaway Fire Department.
The small plane did spill about 15-20 gallons of fuel into the pond. The pilot was the only individual on board.