PLYMOUTH (CBS) – A small plane landed on its roof after it crashed at Plymouth Municipal Airport, injuring the pilot.
The crash, involving a small fixed-wing plane, was reported around 1:30 p.m.
One person, the pilot, was taken by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital after the crash.
Mikayla Ryder, a student who is taking flying lessons at the site, told WBZ-TV’s Kate Brace what she saw.
“He went up, flipped and landed on his nose and went right back,” she told WBZ. “I was scared. I didn’t know if he was OK.”
Ryder says she saw the plane at about five feet off the ground, when it went straight up 30 feet before crashing. She added that it was traveling at a good rate of speed when it appeared a wind gust picked it up.
“It was really quiet at first, and then the engines revved up as loud as they could go,” she says. “And then dead silence (before) you heard the wings snap against the ground and it just crashed.”
She says it sounded like one of the engines stalled, causing the plane to turn sideways. When she saw the pilot, Ryder said he was conscious.
Massachusetts State Police said the pilot’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Beachcraft 55 Baron crashed while practicing takeoffs and landings, or touch-and-go maneuvers.
Only the pilot was on board the plane. The pilot’s name has not yet been released.
No additional information was immediately available.