Pilot overturns aircraft shortly after takeoff in North Idaho plane crash
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office identified the man injured in an aircraft crash at the Coeur d’Alene Airport on Friday.
According to a release, deputies believe 51-year-old Thomas Stotts overturned his aircraft during the beginning stages of takeoff, sending him barreling into a nearby field.
First responders found Stotts pinned underneath the aircraft. It took fire crews about five minutes to extricate him.
“This is a rare event,” said Chris Larson with Northern Lights Fire. “Coeur d’Alene Airport has a great history of safety out here. As being in the fire district for 20 years, this is a very rare event.”
Stotts was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.
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