Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Oklahoma City FSDO-15
City: SAND SPRINGS
AIRCRAFT FORCE LANDED 1/2 MILE FROM THE AIRPORT, NEAR SAND SPRINGS, OK
SAND SPRINGS — A man was injured Thursday after a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from William R. Pogue Municipal Airport, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.
The pilot was trapped inside the plane about 40 minutes, until rescue crews could cut down several trees and branches in order to extricate him, Armstrong said.
He was taken by ambulance to the airport, then by helicopter to an area hospital. He was listed in good condition on Thursday afternoon, Armstrong said.
He said the pilot's injuries could have been much worse considering the plane crashed upside down among trees.
The pilot was the only person on board, Armstrong said.
The plane is a Mooney M20C Ranger registered to a Tulsa physician.
Authorities received a call about the crash about 11:40 a.m. and arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, Armstrong said.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City were en route to take over the investigation of the crash from the OHP, Armstrong said.
Authorities had the site of the crash cordoned off from the public about a half-mile away on rural 138th West Avenue.
The airport is located a few miles northwest of Sand Springs, in Osage County.
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SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – A single engine aircraft was forced to land among the trees just north of the William R. Pogue Airport Thursday afternoon.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the pilot of the aircraft was alert and transported to a nearby hospital but is in fair condition.
According to OHP, the plane went down in a wooded area near 138th West Avenue, north of the airport.
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