A crash landing at Ingram Air Field
By Robin Scott
A surprising call was dispatched on Friday afternoon, September 11th. A plane crashed at Ingram Air Field with at least two people on board. Emergency responders quickly headed out on Highway 54 East to the scene, where the Cessna 170B aircraft lay on its side on the side of the runway.
Bob and Suzette Dooley from Sherman, Texas were landing in Dalhart for fuel when the plane’s left wheel ripped from its housing, causing the plane to flip onto its side. The Dooley’s were flying back from Alaska on their way to Sherman when they planned to stop over in Dalhart for fuel, and then be back on their way.
Mr. Dooley stated that he had lived in Alaska for 40 years, but after his father passed away he moved back to Sherman to be closer to his mother. He and his wife went back to Alaska a week ago to pick up his airplane and fly it back to Texas. Mrs. Dooley noted that her husband has been flying since he was 12 years old, has never had so much as a rough landing before and has logged in more than 13,000 miles.
Dallam County Sheriff Bruce Scott was at the scene, along with deputies Jarrod Sides and Jack Reynolds. Chief Deputy Tim Bell with the Hartley County Sheriff’s Office was also on scene, and Chief of Police Tom Sanford. The Dalhart Fire Department and EMS responded and secured the area. Fortunately, the plane did not catch on fire although all of the plane’s fuel leaked out after the crash landing.
Mrs. Dooley was transferred to Coon Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Mr. Dooley remained at the airport to await the arrival of an FAA official from Lubbock. Airport personnel stated that FAA regulations forbid the removal of the plane from the accident site until approval from an FAA official.
At the hospital, Mrs. Dooley stated that she was amazed at how quickly people were at the scene helping her and her husband get out of the plane. Chaplain Doug Brown from First Baptist Church arrived at the hospital to check in on Mrs. Dooley and determine how the church might help the couple who have no family in Dalhart.