Pilot hurt after plane crashes at Anderson Airport

Scene of plane crash at Anderson Municipal Airport. (WTHR Photo/Anna Carrera)
Two Plane Crashes in One Day
Pilot seriously hurt in crash

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) - Police say a small plane crashed on takeoff at the Anderson Municipal Airport Sunday morning just after 8:30.

The pilot was flown by medical helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say that helicopter was stationed at the airport, so they flew straight from there to the hospital.

Police have not released the pilot's name because they are working to notify his family.

Maj. Joel Sandefur of Anderson Police said Anderson firefighters pulled the pilot from the plane because he was trapped inside. The plane never caught fire and there was no one else on the plane.

Sandefur says they're grateful the situation wasn't worse, since the plane came down very close to the main airport building, which is next to a busy street. There were also a number of witnesses at the airport who were attending an activity on the tarmac.

"It's a horrific crash," said Sandefur. "It can be pretty scary to have a plane crash about 200 feet from you, so I'd be a little scared myself."

The airport remains open.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation when they arrive in Anderson.

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