FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A man was injured in a plane crash at the Butler County Regional Airport in Hamilton, fire officials said.
Emergency crews responded after the plane crashed around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
City of Hamilton Fire Chief Mark Mercer said the plane's engine stopped just after take off and the pilot attempted to turn around and land the plane.
"Shortly after takeoff the engine for the plane quit, the pilot circled back but was unable to land on the runway. The pilot was removed from the plane by Hamilton fire crews and was treated by Hamilton paramedics and University flight crew, then transported by UC Air Care to University of Cincinnati Hospital." Mercer said.
A witness to the crash said she saw the plane going sideways before crashing.
"I seen the plane going sideways and I told my son, I said 'he's getting ready to hit' and about that time it hit and when it did pieces started flying off and you see a little bit of black dust. Well I come on up, right up this way, and I call 911 and I looked to see if I could see anybody and I couldn't see nobody." the witness said.
She said she was scared for the man inside the plane.
"It's scary cause I didn't know. I didn't know if they was laying in there dead, how many was in there, and I couldn't get through the fencing to go check on them." she said.
Mercer said the man had to be cut out of the plane using extrication tools. Crews cut away pieces of the plane so the pilot could be removed without any further injuries.
Officials are unsure of what type of plane it was but said it was a single engine, small plane with one occupant.
Mercer said flight staff saw the plan turning back toward the runway and as far as he knows there was no flight plan filed.
The airport has seen very few crashes and very few engines, Mercer said. He said the Butler County Regional Airport has a great safety record.
There's no word on the extent of the man's injuries or his identity.