VSP: Pilot injured after plane hits an embankment, overturns at Virginia Highlands Airport

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(Photo: Courtesy Virginia State Police)

ABINGDON, Va. (WFXR) — A pilot has been hospitalized after a plane reportedly crashed at the Virginia Highlands Airport in southwest Virginia Monday morning.

According to Virginia State Police, troopers responded to an emergency call at the Abingdon airport just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13.

At this point in the investigation, police say it appears an Alon single-engine aircraft was trying to land when the the pilot says he had problems steering the aircraft. The plan then ran off the left side of the runway, hit an embankment, and overturned onto its top.

The 68-year-old male pilot from Ohio — who was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash — was brought to Bristol Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to officials.

The plane had reportedly taken off from Ohio and was landing at the Virginia Highlands Airport in order to refuel.

Authorities say both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been notified about this incident, which is currently under investigation.

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