RAM founder uninjured in small plane crash

Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-29 09:08:32-04

Remote Area Medical (RAM) founder Stan Brock escaped serious injury when a small airplane he was piloting was damaged during an emergency landing in Scott County on Thursday afternoon.

The Beech C-90 fixed wing turboprop aircraft, owned by RAM, reported an engine problem shortly after taking off from Scott Municipal Airport in Oneida, according to Federal Aviation Spokesperson Kathleen Bergen. The aircraft returned to the field and ran off the end of the runway, causing the gear to collapse at about 4:25 p.m., she said.

The initial touchdown on the runway was successful, but “some additional factor, which has yet to be determined, caused the airplane to veer off the sideway and into a ditch,” according to Karen Wilson, spokeswoman for Brock.

“He didn’t even have a bump or a scratch,” said Wilson.

Brock returned to work Thursday, then went back to the crash site to meet with FAA officials, she said.

Based in Knoxville, RAM is a nonprofit volunteer airborne medical relief corps that provides a variety of health, medical, dental, veterinary and education services to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.

Brock, who was the only person on board, was not immediately available for comment.

The FAA is investigating.

RAM announced this summer it was creating a chief executive officer position to run day-to-day operations. The CEO would serve under RAM’s board of directors.

Brock is to serve as president and chairman of the board, in charge of “global expansion” among other duties, according to RAM.