The pilot of a small plane is lucky to be alive after being forced to bail out of his aircraft just moments before it crashed yesterday afternoon in Monroe County.   The 19-year-old pilot parachuted to safety after the plane experienced mechanical problems and he was unable to land. 

The pilot landed in a bean field after 3:15pm Tuesday and was not injured.  The plane crashed about four miles away in a field, just a few hundred feet from a home in the small town of Fults.  The plane originally took off from the Festus Airport in Crystal City and was from the Fly Free Skydiving Company.  Last year, a pilot from the same company had to bail out of his plane when it experienced mechanical issues.  The crash is under investigation.


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