STONE COUNTY, Mo. (KSPR) -- Two men from the Ozarks are in the hospital after crashing a small plane in a cow pasture.
It happened off State Highway M in Stone County, just south of the Christian County Line. Cory Lummis could scarcely believe his eyes.
"It's not every day you see a plane land in a backyard, so it's pretty shocking," he says.
Troopers say the pilot made an emergency landing when it appears the engine failed.
"At one point they landed in this field over here. They touched down, it looked like the landing was going to go decent, then they came across a pretty big ditch and that kinda mangled up the plane," said Missouri State Highway Patrol, Corporal Seth Isringhausen.
The plane is registered to a man who lives in Ozark. It's not known if he was the pilot but troopers say whoever was flying really knew what he was doing.
"I think the pilot probably did a pretty good job to land the way they did. It could've been a lot worse. The fact that they were transported with minor injuries is pretty amazing," Corporal Seth Isringhausen stated.
Lummis could not be happier no one was severely hurt or worse.
"Glad to see everybody is okay," he says.
A statement from the FAA Spokesperson, Elizabeth Isham Cory, said “The FAA is investigating an event involving a single-engine, small aircraft (m20e), that landed in a field late this afternoon near Springfield, MO. Our investigation into what happened and why take several weeks to complete.”