Pilot injured when small plane makes hard landing in Montgomery Co.

Published: Aug. 5, 2017 at 1:48 PM EDT
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A pilot has been taken to the hospital after investigators say his small plane made a hard landing in a Montgomery County field Saturday.

The Montgomery County sheriff says it happened near the intersection of Spencer Road and Tapp Lane, east of Mount Sterling.

The sheriff says the pilot of a two-seat plane took off from Clay City around 9 a.m. Saturday. Once in the air, the plane lost power, and the pilot had to make a hard landing in the field.

"It took him a while, I'm assuming, to get out of the plane and crawl to where he did," Sheriff Fred Shortridge said. "The comment he made to my deputy was he left Powell County around 9 o'clock this morning. Where he went from that point we don't know yet but he had engine problems and had to make an emergency landing."

Investigators aren't sure exactly when the plane went down, because they say the pilot never communicated any trouble to a nearby airport.

The sheriff says the pilot has been airlifted to UK Hospital with multiple injuries. His condition is not known at this time.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane.

The FAA confirms it is investigating, and will be on the scene Monday. The NTSB is also looking into the crash.