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New details are emerging about a plane crash last Monday, in which a prominent Ashland attorney escaped with his life.
Those details of his harrowing fall from the sky and how he survived come from his family.
John Booth Farese returned to his home in Ashland Tuesday after an overnight stay at The Med in Memphis.
Family members say his survival is nothing short of a miracle.
Those who know him best say John Booth Farese never saw a gadget he didn’t like or didn’t have to have eventually.
An aircraft pilot for decades, Farese recently bought a parachute system to help him, and his passengers survive a plane crash.
His brother, Steve Farese, says that parachute saved him from an almost certain death. “You know, I’m old enough where supposedly nothing could surprise me, but yeah, it’s a miracle he survived.”
As in formal chief technology officer for the family law firm, John Booth was an early adopter of all things electronic.
Known as “Captain Kirk” around the office, he brought radio phone technology to the firm and many other technological improvements.
The parachute, only just installed, became his savior when his Cessna 182 plane’s engine suddenly stopped.
“He had only gotten up to about three hundred feet when his engine stopped, so he only had a split-second timing to make a decision. He said he’s lost all control he was auguring in nose first and he had just been briefed on the parachute.” Said Steve Farese.
It’s believed the parachute had only deployed about 80 percent before Farese’s Cessna 182 hit a wooded area in Marshall County off Bicycle Road.
It may not have slowed his descent very much do to it’s low altitude, but Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson says it was enough. I’ve seen pilots and passengers killed with a lot less damage than what this plane had occurred.”
So you might say, technology saved John Booth Farese.
His Brother says it all goes back to his childhood in the Boy Scouts.”That’s the way he is, and I think his Boy Scout attitude, he was an Eagle Scout and a Scoutmaster that he likes to be prepared.”
John Booth Farese suffered no broken bones in the crash but he was pretty banged up with a big knot on his head, and he remains in a back brace.