Patrons of a McDonalds in Monroe, Louisiana received quite a scare yesterday as a Beechcraft H35 Bonanza crashed in the parking lot beside the restaurant, coming to a stop upside-down.
Beechcraft H35 Bonanza, like the one that crashed. Pic by Bill Larkins, with CC Commercial Use.
The plane, registered N635T, had just left nearby Monroe Regional Airport and was on a post-maintenance test flight, when it experienced an engine failure, according to Aviation Safety Network. KNOE news also reports the engine had just been rebuilt in Arkansas, and reinstalled there in Monroe. The pilot, Ray Martin issued a MAYDAY call as the plane went down. Martin was injured and transported to the hospital by helicopter. The plane was owned by Brown's Feed and Chemical, based out of Carmi, Illinois.