Wife Of Boone County Crash Pilot Asks For Support

(CINCINNATI) -- The wife of the pilot recovering from Monday's Boone County plane crash spoke publicly for the first time.

As FOX19's Sara Gouedy reports, she's asking for support, and giving it, to a man who burned over 80 percent of his body.

Ginny Tarter is keeping vigil at University Hospital, where her husband fights to recover from severe burns.

"I ask for continued thoughts and prayers, for our family and theirs," she said.

Boone County deputies blocked off more than a mile of farmland Monday after the plane Rod Tarter was piloting crashed in front of a wedding rehearsal party.

Passenger Evan Ryan, the groom's brother, died.

"We send our deepest sympathy to the Ryan family and the loss of Evan, and our gratitude for the support of us," said Ginny Tarter.

Since the crash, Rod Tarter's been under the care of doctors like Kevin Bailey.

"Essentially you've damaged an organ of your body--the skin---so severely that it's in organ failure," said Dr. Bailey.

Right now doctors are keeping Tarter in a medically induced coma.

Before Monday's crash, Tarter had been taking members of that wedding party up for rides.

Now doctors here at University Hospital say it will be months before they know if he'll ever be able to fly again.