The 1992 Maule single-engine plane went down in a wooded area just east of State Route 49, on the property of Jim and Carol Coleman. Santa-Rita miraculously walked away with only minor injuries, to which he tended himself. The plane was not so fortunate, however.
The 46 year old Santa-Rita took off from a private airfield on the outskirts of Blakeslee, erected by the late Marvin Thiel, shortly before the accident. The craft turned during takeoff, losing altitude and going down roughly three miles outside of Edon around noon.