Fourth Crash for Plane in Fatal Ketucky Crash

By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief
By: Stephen McLamb, Bureau Chief

Rockwood, Roane County (WVLT) - A former Rockwood Police officer is killed in a plane crash late Thursday in Southern Kentucky.

As it turns out, this wasn't the plane's first accident in its history.

The plane has had three other serious crashes, but no injuries until the fourth crash Thursday which was deadly.

Sixty-year-old Thomas Frank Kiser's plane went down around 6:00 p.m. Thursday in Pulaski County, Kentucky.

Neighbors say Kiser had moved back to Rockwood over a year ago after several decades of being away to care for his ailing mother who passed away last fall.

Kiser purchased the 1963 Beechcraft model 23 plane, just about a week ago from a Hamblen County man who said the plane was in good condition when he sold it to him.

But Kiser's plane has had three serious crashes before.

In July 1965, the plane had a forced landing in Hollywood, Florida after there was a partial loss of engine power. NTSB records show it suffered substantial damage.

In January 1972, the plane again had a forced landing, this time in Iroquois, Illinois after the plane experienced a complete engine failure. NTSB records show the main fuel strainer was completely full of ice.

Then on March 6, 2006, the Beechcraft plane experienced a hard landing such that the nose wheel separated on landing.

In all three previous crashes there were no injuries.

Neighbors and relatives say Kiser left Rockwood in the 1970's after his stint in the police department.

Neighbors also believe Kiser could have been going to visit his ex-wife who lives in Somerset, the county where the plane crashed.

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