Pilot Badly Burned After Experimental Plane Crashes In Cheatham County

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Pilot Badly Burned After Experimental Plane Crashes In Cheatham County

CREATED Jun 8, 2014
CHAPMANSBORO, Tenn. – A pilot was seriously injured Sunday afternoon, after an experimental plane crashed on the runway of an airport in Cheatham County.

Officials with the Cheatham County Sheriff's Office said the crash was reported at 3:17 p.m. on the runway of Whifferdill Airport in Chapmansboro.

It was said to be a private airstrip used by residents in a nearby subdivision.  

The plane experienced some sort of engine problem shortly after take off from the airport. The pilot circled back around in an attempt to land the plane, when it crashed and burst into flames upon impact. 

The pilot’s identity has not yet been released.

Family members rushed to the scene and were able to get the pilot out of the burning plane. 

Although the extent of the pilot’s condition was not immediately known, he was said to have suffered burns on up to 50 percent of his body. Officials said he was alert when first responders arrived on the scene.

He was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where his condition was not known. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to assist in the investigation.