UPDATE: FAA investigates small plane crash near I-64
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.
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.
WATCH: The Montgomery co. sheriff says the pilot hit trees that are on the right side of this video, spun horizontally and landed belly down right here at an old rest stop on the WB side of I-64. Sheriff says pilot is okay – most likely broken bones @abc36news pic.twitter.com/otW5Rv5mLE
— Monica Harkins ABC 36 (@MonicaHarkinstv) January 7, 2020
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.