Peterson Dies After Private Aircraft Flips While Landing At Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

Oct 10, 2018

Credit Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Updated // Wednesday, 4:52 p.m.

On Tuesday, a two-passenger aircraft flipped while landing at the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport.

According to the airport’s Facebook page, the private aircraft flipped around 11 a.m yesterday. Emergency personnel transported both passengers, Lowell Peterson and Jack Mehner, to local hospitals due to serious injuries.

Peterson, 74, has died following the crash. Arrangements include a visitation at St. Andrews Church in Cape Girardeau from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13 with a funeral service to follow.

According to an email from the Cape Chamber on behalf of his family, Mehner sustained a neck injury, and is now in recovery afer a successful surgery. He is the father of the chamber's CEO, John Mehner.

When the Cape Girardeau Fire Department arrived on the scene, personnel from the airport, Cape Aviation, and ARCH Medical had both Peterson and Mehner out of the aircraft and were administering medical attention.

In addition to the fire department, the Cape Girardeau Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and Cape County Private Ambulance all responded to the accident.

The runway where the accident took place was shut down, and no other flights or aircraft were impacted or involved.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.