Pilot injured in Lafayette Co. light-plane crash

Plane on way to Indiana from Minnesota
Pilot injured in Lafayette Co. light-plane crash

A small plane crash in rural South Wayne injured the pilot, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said the Cessna 172 crashed in a soybean field along Mink Farm Road just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Eagan, Minn., pilot, Charles Rautiola, 63, told authorities the aircraft’s engine lost oil pressure during the flight, and the engine quit before he could land at an airport.

Authorities said the plane’s front landing gear broke off during impact, and the airplane skidded for a short distance before overturning onto its wings and coming to a rest upside-down.

Rautiola told authorities he suffered a slight back injury. Rautiola was taken to a Monroe hospital. Passenger Richard Smith, 62, was not hurt, according to authorities. Smith is from Burnsville, Minn.

The aircraft had departed from Minnesota and was headed to Indiana.

Federal Aviation Administration officials are headed to the crash site to conduct an investigation. South Wayne fire and rescue crews, along with Green County Emergency Medical Services helped Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies at the scene.