Small plane crashes into trees near Gettysburg airport

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 28, 2016 7:44 AM

Photo by (Photo: Harrison Jones for the Evening Sun)

A Maryland State Police helicopter takes off in front of a crashed plane after the plane crashed into trees and was suspended in the air at Gettysburg Regional Airport on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The helicopter was planned to be used to hoist the trapped pilot out of the plane, but the plan was scrapped after it was determined that high winds from the helicopter's rotor wash could knock the plane out of the trees.

(Gettysburg) -- Authorities say a small plane crashed into trees near a central Pennsylvania airport, and the pilot was trapped for several hours but appeared uninjured. 

Adams County emergency dispatchers said the crash near the Gettysburg airport was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Several fire departments and emergency units were sent to the scene, where the plane could be seen lodged in branches.

The (Hanover) Evening Sun reported that the 87-year-old pilot was stuck in the plane about 50 feet off the ground for almost four hours. Crews applauded when he was hoisted down shortly before 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Russell McCutcheon of the Gettysburg Fire Department said he appeared to be uninjured. He said officials aren't sure whether it was taking off or landing when it crashed into the trees.

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