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Memphis lawyer, wife survive crash landing in Texas

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The Texas Highway Patrol says the couple was headed to Sante Fe, New Mexico in a plane that crash landed in a park after experiencing mechanical problems. The Texas Highway Patrol says the couple was headed to Sante Fe, New Mexico in a plane that crash landed in a park after experiencing mechanical problems.
Shelton has practiced law in Memphis for decades and made news a few years ago when he was appointed state receiver in the Forest Hill cemetery embezzlement case. Shelton has practiced law in Memphis for decades and made news a few years ago when he was appointed state receiver in the Forest Hill cemetery embezzlement case.

(WMC-TV) - A prominent Memphis attorney and his wife miraculously survived a crash landing in Texas Friday.

The Texas Highway Patrol says the couple was headed to Sante Fe, New Mexico in a plane that crash landed in a park after experiencing mechanical problems.

Not much is left of Memphis attorney Max Shelton's 1976 Cessna. Amazingly, he and his wife Sally survived a crash landing with only minor injuries.

Rob Preston is the couple's longtime neighbor.

"I did know he was a pilot and didn't know they were on a trip," he said.

Shelton has practiced law in Memphis for decades and made news a few years ago when he was appointed state receiver in the Forest Hill cemetery embezzlement case.

According to the Texas Highway Patrol, he and his wife left Memphis en route to Santa Fe, New Mexico around 7 a.m. Friday. They stopped for fuel in Weatherford, Oklahoma, but then experienced mechanical problems near Borger, which is in the Texas panhandle.

Officials say Shelton made contact with the airport, lost power, then crash landed in a park after striking a number of utility poles.

"I talked to their son a little while ago. He didn't give me much information but very relieved they're okay," said Preston. The Shelton's were transported to a local hospital from where they were able to phone family and friends in Memphis.

There is no information about when the Shelton's may return home. The FAA is investigating the crash landing.

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