A World War I-era replica airplane crashed in a corn field near Milam Road outside of Van Alstyne on July 3.


Witnesses say the plane appeared to clip a tree before going down.


There were two people on board the aircraft. The pilot, later identified as Kip Lankenau, was transported by helicopter to a local hospital with a broken leg. He is expected to make a full recovery.


The other person in the plane was Bruce Kimme. He reportedly only sustained minor injuries.


The crash occurred in a remote corn field that was inaccessible by car.


Van Alstyne Police Officer Jeremy Bigler was one of the initial first responders on the scene. He told a local television station that an off-duty Frisco firefighter who lived nearby used his off-road vehicle to help reach the scene of the crash.


It reportedly took first responders nearly an hour before they were able to locate Lankenau.


The plane Lankenau was flying was a replica of a Sopwith 1½ Strutter. The original plane was developed by British Engineers nearly 115 years ago. Lankenau's company, Kip Aero in Dallas, manufactures replicas, which the FFA has classified as "experimental."


According to the company’s website, buyers can purchase replica aircraft as a compete kit or a series of sub-kits.