LITTLE MOUNT, KY (WAVE) - A Taylorsville man suffered moderate injuries and burns when the single-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed on takeoff from a grass airstrip in Little Mount on Sunday evening.
At 6:58 p.m. Sunday first-responders arrived on the scene to find a Piper Arrow engulfed in flames, according to a press release. The preliminary investigation indicates that the pilot, 60-year-old Stan Thompson, experienced engine problems at the onset of his takeoff run and exited off the edge of the runway and into a wooded area. The aircraft hit the trees, overturned and caught fire.
Thompson was able to escape the burning wreckage, however, he was transported to University Hospital in Louisville. His condition is not known.
According to the media release, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been notified of the accident and an inspector from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be at the crash site Monday morning.