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Two Organizations Investigate Plane Crash, Pilot in Critical Condition

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Fuselage of Kelly Fairbanks' Plane Covered in Corn Stalks After Crashing

The Fuselage of Kelly Fairbanks' Extra 300 was recovered by the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday afternoon.

JEROME • Investigators have started piecing together the cause of a plane crash that critically injured a Twin Falls man.

Yellow bits of corn and green stalks were lodged in the wrecked pieces of plane crews pulled from the crash site Wednesday.

Kelly Fairbanks, 42, was flying an acrobatic single engine airplane about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday when he crashed into a field at U.S. 93 and 100 South near the Giltner Dairy.

Fairbanks was flown to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise with unknown injuries and was in critical condition Wednesday. Authorities said he was conscious and answering questions when he was loaded into a helicopter Tuesday night.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board started investigations Wednesday.

“They aren’t really parallel investigations,” Jerome Sheriff Doug McFall said. “The FAA will look for FAA violations and the NTSB will do the official analysis into why the crash occurred.”

Lt. Dan Kennedy met with a recovery team from the administration and a woman from the safety board about 2 p.m.

Neighbors also gathered around the field to watch as the recovery team hauled pieces of the plane out of the field. A pickup truck with a crane on the back of it then backed into the field and hauled the fuselage out.

Kennedy said the scene was officially turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration about 2:30 p.m., but a spokesman for the agency said any information about the crash would be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board before it is released.

Fairbanks has been a stunt pilot for years, flying both model and full-scale aircraft. The Extra 300 he was in is capable of speeds up to 250 mph.

Fairbanks and his wife were in a motorcycle crash in August. He had minor injuries, but his wife, Lisa Fairbanks, died from her injuries a few days later on Aug. 22.


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