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Plane wreck injures pilot near Pittsburgh

May 13, 2011, 02:05 pm

The pilot of a 1972 Beechcraft Bonanza was injured when his single-engine plane crashed in a cattle field in Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that witnesses found the pilot, Lloyd Scarrow, standing near the wreckage, with facial and head injuries. He was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital in a helicopter for treatment.

Scarrow, the CEO of Advanced Surgical Hospital in Washington County, did not make radio contact with the Washington County Airport after he took off, the airport's operations assistant, Beverly Dellaria, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It has also been reported that Scarrow never registered a flight plan, which may indicate that he was practicing take-offs and landings when the crash occurred.

First responders described the plane to the news source as being totaled. Witnesses reported that the plane's landing gear and propeller were torn off the plane and damaged was sustained by the fuselage and both wings.

Plane crashes are an unavoidable risk for which pilots should be prepared. Pilot life insurance can ensure that the family members of pilots will be taken care of in the event of a fatal accident. 

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