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Needmore man walks away from plane crash

August 31, 2009

OLDTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Maryland State police say a Pennsylvania man escaped serious injury when the plane he was piloting crashed in Green Ridge State Forest.

Police say 75-year-old pilot Donald Myers of Needmore, Pa., suffered a small cut on the hand after the engine of the 2009 Kitfox fixed wing aircraft stopped running Sunday morning in the Oldtown area of Allegany County.

The plane was wedged between two trees several feet off the ground, but police say Myers freed himself and walked to a road, where he was picked up by a passer-by.

A Civil Air Patrol aircraft, state police helicopter and units from the Maryland State Police Cumberland barrack were dispatched when the plane's emergency locator transmitter was activated. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the crash.

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