Ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft crashes near Clo­vis

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

CLO­VIS — An Arkansas man was in­jured Satur­day when his ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft crashed shortly af­ter take­off from a pri­vate air­field east of Clo­vis.

Larry Bishop, 56, of He­ber Springs, Arkansas, was trans­ported to Plains Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter for treat­ment. He was later air­lifted to Univer­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Lub­bock, where he was listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

A GoFundMe ti­tled “Larry Bishop’s Run­way to Re­cov­ery” states Bishop’s fam­ily has trav­eled to be in Lub­bock for his re­cov­ery process. The crowd­fund­ing cam­paign has a goal of $15,000 to de­fray med­i­cal and lodg­ing ex­penses, and notes the fam­ily ex­pects a long hos­pi­tal stay with mul­ti­ple surg­eries.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Curry County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the crash hap­pened about 9:45 a.m. Satur­day as Bishop was re­turn­ing to He­ber Springs. He was pi­lot­ing a small, sin­gle en­gine ex­per­i­men­tal air­craft.

A wit­ness re­ported the air­craft had dif­fi­culty at­tempt­ing to de­part the air­field and sub­se­quently crashed within the grounds of the air­field.

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