Xenia pilot remains in Tennessee hospital

Kent Wingate. (WDTN Photo)
Kent Wingate. (WDTN Photo)

COVINGTON, Tenn. (WDTN) – The Xenia, Ohio pilot injured when his single-engine plane crashed in Tennessee remains in the Intensive Care Unit of a Tennessee hospital.

Kent Wingate has shown signs of being able to breathe on his own, but a respirator is being used because he has a collapsed lung, officials told 2 NEWS. He also has multiple broken bones, yet his overall condition is steady/stable and is not worsening. However, they said he has shown signs of some amount of traumatic brain injury, the level of which is not known yet.

Wingate took off from the Wright Brothers Airport south of Dayton Wednesday and crashed about seven miles north of Covington, Tenn.

The Tipton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Billy Daugherty said the plane was found in a rural, heavily wooded area in neighboring Lauderdale County.

Wingate is retired from the Air Force where he was an aeronautical engineer.  He is also on staff at Sinclair Community College.

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