Plane crashes at Tahlequah City Airport

April 30, 2021 | Featured|Headlines

TAHLEQUAH — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that an airplane crashed at 7:50 a.m. Friday at the Tahlequah City Airport in the city limits of Tahlequah in Cherokee County.

Troopers report that a 1979 Air Tractor operated by Tyler Sherrick, 27, Welch, was on a southbound approach from the north to Tahlequah City Airport. 

Photos by former Blackwell Journal Tribune reporter Josh Newton.

Upon landing the aircraft left approx. 241 feet of tire marks. The front of the aircraft tipped forward causing the left propeller to strike the runway. The aircraft departed runway to the west, aircraft nose and propeller became lodged in the grass causing the aircraft to turn over landing on its top facing northeast. The investigation was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Sherrick was transported by Northeastern Health System to Northeastern Health Center in Tahlequah and then airlifted to Saint John’s Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted in fair condition, with head and neck injuries.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. Troopers note that the weather was clear and that the harness was not in use. The plane’s tail number is N8774S.

Photos by former Blackwell Journal Tribune reporter Josh Newton

The incident is being investigated by trooper Joseph Couch No. 448 of the Marine Enforcement Division. Assisted by Trooper Aaron Wall No. 833 of the Troop C Detachment, Lt. Greg Giles No.104 of the Marine Enforcement Division. Tahlequah Police and Fire, Cherokee County Emergency Management and Tahlequah Emergency Airport Authority.

Photos by former Blackwell Journal Tribune reporter Josh Newton.