LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Four young men remain in the hospital, one is reported to be in critical condition, the other three are listed in serious condition.
Wednesday morning after the plane they were riding in crashed near Bowman Field at Seneca Golf Course Tuesday night.
Four males were on board the plane when it went down nose first at the 18th hole on the golf course around 10:30 p.m. All four passengers had to be extricated from the plane. They were taken to the University Hospital with what officials said was non life-threatening injuries.
The pilot is a high school student who was recently licensed as a pilot. The other three males on board were the pilot's friends.
Investigators said the young men were participating in a training exercise, but at this time they do not know what caused the plane to crash.
Firefighters said a witness called 911.
"There are absolutely lucky in this, in one aspect we had an actual witness that saw the plane go down, because where it's located it is not in proximity to any dwellings. And, potentially if this would have happened and there had not have been a witness, not telling how long these people would have still been in the aircraft and life-threatening injuries," Louisville Fire and Rescue Chief Greg Frederick said.
The plane is a Cessna with a fixed wing single-engine and the number is N118JD. It is registered to a Cardinal Wings Aviation.
The FAA is investigation the site and the plane is expected to be removed sometime Wednesday.
The golf course will be open except for the 18th hole.