Pilot injured in plane crash in Beauregard Parish - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Pilot injured in Beauregard plane crash expected to make full recovery

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DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) -

The pilot of a small plane was injured Sunday after a crash in Beauregard Parish.

Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Toler said the pilot, James Murrell, of Shreveport, is expected to make a full recovery.

"A family member stated he is expected in time to make a full recovery," Toler said.

Murrell is in a hospital in Rapides Parish. He suffered broken bones, cuts to his face and a punctured lung.

Toler said a federal aviation investigator was at the site Monday, going through the wreckage.

According to Toler, emergency personnel from the Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a small plane had crashed south of DeRidder around 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Toler said deputies located the wreckage near Ball and Granger Roads. 

A resident who lives about half a mile from the crash site told 7 News they were outside in the yard when the plane flew over. The witness said they saw smoke coming from the plane which appeared to be flying very low. They also said it sounded like the plane's engine was cutting out minutes before they heard a crash

The cause of the crash is not known. Toler said the cause is still under investigation.

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