ST. JAMES —
A plane that crashed in Phelps County was a model commonly used as a trainer for WWII pilots, according to documents from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Sergeant Cody Fulkerson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the crash happened near the St. James Golf Course and County Road 3450 in Phelps County at about 7:30 Sunday evening.
The aircraft was a privately owned aircraft occupied by the pilot and one passenger, according to Fulkerson. Both sustained minor injuries. They were being treated at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla.
The airplane, a Stearman A75, was a biplane made by Boeing and used as a trainer for WWII pilots. They were built during the 1930s and 1940s. The plane's owner is listed as Roger L. Hunter of Marissa, Ill., which is southeast of St. Louis.
Elizabeth Cory, a spokesperson for the FAA, says no further information will be released by that agency until the investigation is complete, which she says will be about a month.
The cause of the crash remains unknown.