An Arkansas man who suffered injuries after his plane crashed at a Bay City airport Saturday evening is in stable condition.
The downed aircraft at James Clements Airport was reported around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Bay City Public Safety officers responded to the scene.
The pilot was conscious with life-threatening injuries when officers arrived, according to the Bay City Department of Public Safety. The small, single-engine aircraft was found with heavy damage and leaking fuel, but was not on fire.
After multiple surgeries, the pilot, Patrick Jimenez of Russellville, Arkansas, is sedated but in stable condition at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.
Jimenez, 27, suffered multiple injuries including a collapsed lung, broken bones in his left leg, a ruptured right eye, broken left arm and multiple facial fractures.
He may not regain sight in the right eye according to his fiance’.
Jimenez is a pilot for Air America Aerial Ads LLC, in Toledo, Ohio. He and his family had recently relocated from Arkansas to Ohio so he could begin a career with the company.
He was getting ready to land after flying a banner for the company when the winds picked up. An eyewitness said the plane flipped on its back and fell to the ground.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for Jimenez’s medical expenses. He currently does not have health insurance.
The James Clements Airport has reopened after it was temporarily closed. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have arrived to investigate the incident.