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82-year-old pilot in stable condition

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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An 82-year-old man was airlifted to an area hospital Wednesday afternoon after crashing the ultra-light plane he was flying. As of press time, the pilot was in stable condition, according to Lincoln Fire Chief Dave Whitt The man, whose name and residence are not being released for privacy reasons, sustained moderate injuries from Wednesday’s crash but was “very alert and oriented” when emergency services responded to the call, according to Whitt. He was the only one in the plane, Whitt said. Whitt said this was the man’s first flight and he was in the air for two to three minutes before crashing. The plane crashed into a field just north of the Lincoln Regional Airport runway and was resting in the opposite direction it was flying when crews responded. Whitt said the Lincoln Fire Department and Police Department responded to the crash after the call came in at about 1:50 p.m. from skydivers who saw the plane lying in the field. The man was trapped in the plane for about an hour before being discovered by the skydivers, according to Whitt. Indentations in dirt near the crash site indicated where the plane first crashed, according to Whitt, and markings in the ground show where one of the wings touched the ground. Whitt said the plane landed and then spun to its resting position. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took pictures of the crash site Wednesday but will not investigate the crash site further, according to Whitt, since it’s not a fatal crash. Whitt said the FAA will look at the plane once it’s transported by a salvage company to another location and will also talk to the pilot. Information about who the plane belongs to or if the 82-year-old has a pilot’s license has not been released as of press time.