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Pilot injured when plane goes down in neighborhood

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Photo credit: John Pitman Photo credit: John Pitman
Photo credit: John Pitman Photo credit: John Pitman
Photo credit: John Pitman Photo credit: John Pitman
CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A pilot suffered serious injuries after his plane went down in a residential neighborhood in Cumberland County late Monday.

The single-engine Cessna did a nose dive at the intersection of Forge and West Hunter Roads in South Middleton Township shortly after 11 p.m.

Fire and EMS crews responded to the scene and found the pilot trapped inside the aircraft. It took about 15 minutes to get him out of the plane.

The pilot's name was not released, but officials said the 59-year-old man was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center with serious injuries.

There are reports the plane ran out of gas, but the official cause of the accident will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday.

"(There were) no other injuries to anyone. The pilot did a great job putting it down on the street. No homes, no lines hit, no damage anywhere else that they can find, so the pilot for whatever reason did a wonderful job putting it down in the street like this," said Cumberland County PIO John Bruetsch.

The plane was towed away on a flat bed truck to the Carlisle Airport.

The plane's previous owner, Edgar Spurlin of Canaan, N.Y., told The Sentinel that he sold the Cessna 172 to a Washington state man, 59-year-old Chuck McClure, earlier in the day.

Spurlin told the Carlisle newspaper that he owned the plane for 20 years and never had a problem.

He said McClure flew the plane with no problems, then left after buying it from him.

 

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