Hospital CEO Crashes Single-Engine Plane Near Pittsburgh

by nph | May 13th, 2011

May 13, 2011

A 43-year-old CEO of a surgical hospital crash-landed his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza in a Washington County, Pennsylvania, field on Thursday afternoon.

The man was airlifted about 30 miles away to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he is being treated for head injuries.

The pilot had taken off around 1:30 p.m. from Washington County Airport. An airport official told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the plane experienced mechanical problems, leading to the crash. The paper also reported damage to the plane’s engine, wings, windshield, and fuselage.

A witness said they noticed the crash after it had happened and found the pilot already outside the plane, walking around but bleeding and seeming dazed.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft registry database reports that the Beechcraft Bonanza was built in 1972.

This was the second small plane crash in Washington County this week. On Wednesday a Beechcraft Bonanza carrying four people crashed near a Rock Airport runway, injuring all those inside.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Brian Rayner has said they are investigating both crashes.

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