UPDATE: Pilot in plane crash identified

Plane Crash
Photo Courtesy: London Police Department

LONDON, Ky. (WTVQ) -The London Police Department has released the name of the pilot involved in a plane crash near the London-Corbin airport on Friday.

Police say 79-year-old Everett P. Hathorn was flying the plane, and was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

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Officers say they received a call about the crash just before 10:30 a.m., and say witnesses tell them that the plane attempted to land, bounced, and started heading toward the Kentucky National Guard Joint Readiness Center.  The plane then lifted upwards, clipped trees behind the Center avoiding power lines, and turned right to land in a field. Once the plane crashed into the field, Kentucky State Police and Army National Guard members located within the Center responded to the scene to retrieve Hathorn.

Plane Crash
Photo Courtesy: London Police Department

The London Police Department is investigating the incident and the Federal Aviation Administration will be continuing the investigation.


12:20 p.m.

Officials at the London-Corbin airport say that a light sport aircraft crashed into a tree outside airport boundaries.

According to a statement from the FAA, the Rans Coyote Light Sport aircraft crashed about 100 feet off of runway 24 while the pilot was conducting a touch-and-go landing. The FAA says in a touch-and-go landing, the pilot lands on a runway and takes off again without coming to a full stop. Usually the pilot then circles the airport in a defined pattern and repeats the maneuver. It is commonly used during pilot training.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, has been flown to UK hospital.  No word on the extent of the injuries in the crash.

FAA will be investigating the incident beginning Monday.

The area surrounding the airport has been blocked off.

ABC 36 will update this story as new information becomes available.