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LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. —  A single-engine plane crashed into some trees near Wolf Creek Road and State Highway U Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department reports that the pilot suffered a broken arm and was taken to the hospital.

There is no word yet on what caused the crash.

A pilot was hospitalized after his small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.

The pilot was the only person on board when the single-engine plane came down and skimmed some trees before crashing.

The plane crashed nose down on a gravel road parallel to a private landing strip. It happened just before noon in an unincorporated area of Lincoln County near Wright City. Several fire departments and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

By the time they got there, a neighbor was helping get the pilot out of the plane. The neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he heard two loud noises and saw the pilot’s wife running to the crash.

“He was still in the plane he was standing up out on his our the front of it where the front windscreen would be and he says, ‘I need to get out of here, but I can’t because my hand hurts.’ So I went over there and he put his arm around my shoulders and we lifted him up,” the man said.

The pilot was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. His name has not been released.

“He has a fractured arm and a head injury of some sort. As far as the rest of the extent of his injuries, I don’t know,” said Wright City Fire Protection District Chief Ron MacKnight.

The FAA was on the scene trying to determine the cause of the crash.