Pilot banged up after crash near Olathe

The pilot of a small aircraft that crashed Friday afternoon near Olathe was home recuperating by Friday night.

Kevin Kropf of Montrose was piloting a Sky Trek powered-parachute craft Friday, helping his friend Marvin Peachey look for some lost cattle, when the small craft hit a power line on Begonia Road in Olathe and ended up in a fence surrounding a corn field.

“My husband saw him coming in and thought he was awfully low,” said Sally Osgood, who lives across from the crash site. “(Kropf’s) landed there a number of times across the road in that field.”

Osgood said the parachute was twisted across the power lines after the crash. The neighborhood was without power for about an hour.

Kropf was taken to Delta County Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for two broken vertebrae and a broken thumb, said his wife, Juanita. He was able to leave the hospital Friday evening without a back brace.“We’re just really thankful he’s OK,” Juanita said, adding doctors told them he should expect a six-week recovery time.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The Montrose County Sheriff’s Department didn’t return calls Friday night.

Juanita said her husband already mentioned he would like to fly again, “but I don’t know how I feel about that.”


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