COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - One of two people injured Thursday when a plane crashed into a home in Columbus was employed at the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum at Columbus Regional Airport and spent time in the United States Air Force.
I-Team 8 researched both pilots and the plane. The pilot is 81-year-old Gerald Clayton of Columbus, who is well known around the area. He works as a volunteer guide at the Atterbury-Balakar Air Museum in Columbus.
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The plane is one that took him nine years to build himself, finishing it about seven years ago.
The FAA Registry shows it is a Glastar GS-1. It's a high wing single engine aircraft which means the wings are attached to the top of the fuselage.
Clayton is a former member of the Air Force. His picture from 1951 hangs in the museum. There are also pictures of him there in his Glastar airplane which crashed Thursday.
Those who know him say the pilot since 1965 "knows about airplanes." Jim Sellars with the Atterbury-Balakar Air Museum in Columbus says "The aircraft he has, he built himself. I heard it was him and we were shocked. We were just shocked."
Sellars say the tail wing has meaning. The five stars represent Clayton's five children and the numbers on the tail wing represent his family. He first earned his pilot's certificate in 1965.
The passenger was Dennis King also of Columbus. YouTube video (watch below) posted by King shows him on his first flight with his own kit plane he says he started building in 1996. He got his pilots certificate last year.
Both men are at Wishard Memorial Hospital in serious condition.
They had breakfast at Hangar 5 restaurant Thursday morning before they took off. The waiter tells I-Team 8's Karen Hensel a grandson about 8 -- 10 years old was with them, did not fly with them but sat with them, saying he too wanted to grow up to be a pilot like his grandfather.
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