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One injured in small plane crash at Anderson Municipal Airport

Posted at 10:06 AM, May 05, 2019

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated two people were injured due to information given to RTV6 by Anderson police. After speaking with authorities at the scene, this story has since been updated to state one person was injured.

ANDERSON — A pilot was seriously injured in a small plane crash Sunday morning at the Anderson Municipal Airport.

Emergency personnel were called to the airport around 8:30 a.m. on the report of a crash, Anderson Police Department Maj. Joel Sandefur said.

The pilot was removed from the plane by Anderson Fire Department firefighters and taken to the hospital, Sandefur said.

Preliminary investigation found the twin-engine Piper PA-34 crashed due to an unknown reason, Lynn Lunsford, FAA spokesman said.

FAA investigators are responding to the crash scene, Lunsford said.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which is in charge of the investigation, is sending at least one investigator to the crash.

NTSB investigators are in the early stages of their investigation and looking at the aircraft, where it came to a rest, the airplane’s engine, maintenance records, and the pilot’s records, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said.

A preliminary briefing into the investigation will be released in about 10 days, Williams said. The briefing will not contain any analysis. The full investigation will take more than a year.

The plane is registered to leasing company in Daleville, according to online FAA registry records.

Authorities have not released the identity of the pilot.

Chesterfield Police Department Officer Betz was first on scene of the crash, according to the tweet from the department.