MONROE, LA (KNOE 8 News) - According to KNOE, a plane has crashed at McDonald's on Desiard Street in Monroe. The pilot is reportedly out of the plane but the maroon and white plane crash is turned upside down. Ouachita Parish Fire Department and Ouachita Parish Sheriff Office is working the scene. Monroe Police is helping with traffic.
The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office released the following statement regarding the accident: "OPSO is on scene of a small airplane crash in the 8000 block of Desiard St. Initial information obtained is that a v-tail single engine bonanza aircraft with one person on board crash landed into a parking lot at that location. The pilot (the lone occupant) was removed and airlifted for medical treatment. NTSB has been notified and will investigate the case of the crash.
Hwy 80 from its intersection with hwy 139 to Sandal St. will be closed during this investigation. Updates will follow as information becomes available and as roads re-open.
The pilot has been airlifted to University Health in Shreveport to be treated for his injuries. There's no update on his condition."
Media outlets are reporting that the plane originated out of Carmi, Illinois. Carmi is a small town in White County, which is about 120 miles due east of St. Louis, Missouri. The pilot of the plane has been identified as Ray Martin. He's a Monroe-based pilot who works for Brown's Feed and Chemical which is a company based out of Carmi.
Witnesses at the scene say the plane clipped trees before the crash.
There does not seem to be any fire hazard at this time. Fire crews are awaiting the FAA and NTSB to arrive for an investigation.