Town and Country Pilot Killed, Wife Critically Injured in Creve Coeur Lake Plane Crash
Pilot Russell Hazelton was announced dead Thursday. He and his wife have a home in Town and Country.
UPDATED: 1:30 p.m. Thursday-
Hazelton's wife, Suzanne, remains in critical condition.
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As previously reported by Patch, the four-seat, single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee plane Russell Hazelton was politing crashed arouund 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. A witness told Maryland Heights Police they saw the plane go down and heard what sounded like an engine sputtering.
When in St. Louis, the Hazeltons lived in the Fairfield neighborhood in Town and Country. Their neighbors tell Patch, Russell was a retired TWA pilot and the couple split their time between St. Louis, Vermont and Pennsylvania.
Town and Country police tell Patch, Russell and Suzanne were both graduates of the city's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program through the police department. CERT is a program offered by police and fire departments that offers residents training in order to assist the community in the event of a large-scale disaster.
Captain Gary Hoelzer said the Hazeltons went through the program with about 40 members of their neighborhood.
"They are one of more of our more involved neighborhoods with CERT," Hoelzer said.
Maryland Heights Deputy Chief Bill Carson said rescue crews made valiant attempts to save the couple's life.
He said Maryland Heights police officers were waist-deep in water while holding the wing of the aircraft afloat so it wouldn't sink into deeper waters while other emergency crews arrived. He said the cockpit was underwater when police first arrived and both passengers had been underwater for several minutes.
Russell Hazelton was not breathing when rescue crews removed him from the cockpit. But initial CPR attempts were successful as Carson said Hazelton was breathing when he got to the hospital.
The Hazeltons were on their way to Creve Coeur Airport from Pennsylvania.
Check back to Patch for more information on this developing situation.
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