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March 09, 2016

Pilot hospitalized after small plane crashes in Montgomery County

Federal Aviation Administration to investigate crash

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Aerial view of Heritage Field Airport in Limerick Township, Montgomery County.

The pilot of a single-engine plane was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon after his aircraft crashed in Limerick Township.

The unidentified pilot, who was the only person aboard the Mooney MO20C, had reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Limerick's Heritage Field Airport, WFMZ reports.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the plane crashed down in a field adjacent to the airport, near the intersection of Ridge Pike and Penn Road. Though the pilot was able to walk away from the scene, he was flown to Paoli Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

"When he put his landing gear up he realized he had an engine issue, the engine started to sputter," Limerick Police Chief Brian Skelton told the Pottstown Mercury. "He brought it back in level and did a great job putting it back into an open field adjacent to the airport."

Police secured the scene of the crash and remained on site for the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration, whose officials from the agency's Allentown office will be tasked with investigating the incident.