Small Plane Crashes In Louisville Neighborhood

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A small plane crashed in a Louisville neighborhood Wednesday, about two miles from the airport near Interstate 64 where it took off.

Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick said the plane took off from Bowman Field and lost power at about 9:40 a.m. EDT. The pilot radioed the airport, which then notified emergency officials, Frederick said.

A few minutes later, emergency officials received a 911 call directing them to the neighborhood where the plane crashed, Frederick said. The plane clipped several trees, flipped over and landed upside down on a fence between two backyards, Frederick said.

No one on the ground was hurt and no houses or power lines were hit, Frederick said.

Frederick said the only person in the plane was the pilot, who was injured and taken to a hospital. Frederick did not release the name of the pilot.

Louisville police spokesman Phil Russell said the pilot was out of the plane when officers and firefighters arrived.

"He's got severe injuries," Russell said.

Frederick said several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution because the plane was carrying 70 gallons of fuel. None leaked after the crash, Frederick said.

"It's stable," Frederick said.

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