UPDATE: FAA investigates small plane crash near I-64

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating  a small plane crash that happened in Montgomery County near I-65 on Monday.

An FAA official says the aircraft is classified as a Glasair 1 RG.

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The Montgomery County Sheriff said the pilot of the plane is lucky to only have a few broken bones after his engine failed.

Sheriff David Charles said the pilot was trying to make it back to the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport before realizing he’d have to find a place to make an emergency landing.

About a 1/4 mile from the airport, the plane hit a set of trees, spun horizontally, and crashed belly down about a 100 feet from I-64.

It happened around 5 p.m. near mile marker 108 on the westbound side.

The sheriff says there were no other passengers.

Sheriff Charles says thankfully the pilot is very experienced, so when the engine failed the pilot did the best he could to make an emergency landing.

“It is extremely lucky for him and everyone involved,” Sheriff Charles said. “When you have engine failure, obviously with an aircraft, it’s a very serious situation and he was able to bring it to this area and no one else was injured.”

The pilot had been doing touch-and-goes at the Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport prior to the crash.

According to authorities, the pilot is expected to be okay and was taken to UK Hospital.

FAA officials are scheduled to be on scene of the crash at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com