The maiden flight of a plane built at home was cut short Sunday night when it crashed into a line of trees in rural Boyle County immediately after taking off.
Pilot James Board, who built the aircraft with a kit, was not injured in the crash.
Board tried to land the plane in a hayfield when it became clear he didn't have enough lift, Boyle County Sheriff Marty Elliot said.
But Board didn't see a power line near the field as he attempted the emergency landing.
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The small one-engine plane, registered through the Federal Aviation Administration as a Zenith 601 HD, caught a wing on the line and crashed into the trees about 6:45 p.m., Elliot said.
The trees "softened the blow," Elliot said. "The hardest hit he said he had was when he unbuckled and fell to the ground."
The plane had taken off from Stuart Powell Airfield in Boyle County.
It was an experimental, or kit plane, Elliot said.
"You can get a kit for eight grand or you can by a full aircraft for thousands and thousands of dollars," he said. "So this man got the kit."
FAA officials removed the plane from the crash site on Monday and are investigating the crash.
It was the second crash involving Stuart Powell Airfield in about a month, but this crash was in no way similar to the crash on July 18, Elliot said.
The plane that crashed in July had gone down while trying to land at the airfield to refuel, FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said. The pilot in that crash suffered minor injuries.