Plane crashes in Burleson Co.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 4:34pm

BURLESON COUNTY -- A plane crash in Burleson County today injures the pilot.

And tonight, investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are trying to figure out what happened.

The small agriculture airplane went down in a cotton field shortly after 11:00 this morning off FM 60, just west of the Brazos River.

Researchers with the USDA were conducting an experiment on drifting in aerial applications when the pilot lost control of the aircraft causing it to crash to the ground.

"We were elated to see him emerge from the cockpit, virtually unharmed," said research engineer Dan Martin. "In a matter of fact he jumped out of the cockpit and that was very good for us to see. That was our number one concern was just for the pilot's safety and well being."

The pilot was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries to his leg.

The cause of the crash is still unknown but the FAA is investigating to determine what caused the plane to go down.


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