June 29, 2022

Bullet strike grounds medical plane at Hawkins Field

Mary Apel

Bullets Photo by Jay Rembert on Unsplash

A medical support airplane is grounded in Jackson for possibly more than a week after it was struck by a bullet.

WAPT reports that Physicians Air Transport lead pilot David Hood said a junior pilot called him Monday evening about hearing a loud ping as he was in the hangar at Hawkins Field. Checking out the plane, the pilot told Hood he found a bullet hole in the upper cowling.

The bullet had also damaged part of the engine. Hood said it’s unfathomable to him that someone would have taken a shot at a man standing in a airplane hangar.

“I’m glad he hit the airplane and not the man, but that it was fired at all, I don’t understand how someone could do that,” he told WAPT.

The plane is a 1993 Beechcraft and flies emergency medical service missions all over North America and Mexico. It could end up costing around $250,000 to fix the plane, and it will take at least a week to make it airworthy again.

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